Communism in the Real World
In our recent discussion about communism, I began to consider why communist societies have not worked to great success in the modern world. Economically, communist regimes have often been able to combat some of the most developed nations in the world. After World War II, the USSR was able to become a world superpower and compete against the United States militarily despite the enormous differences between lifestyles in each country. China also has one of the strongest economies in the world, but their standard of living is far different from that of the United States.
After considering these two economically successful nations that enacted a form of a communist society, I realized that communism, if possible, never creates great happiness for the people which are involved in it. Production and efficiency may increase due to a communist frame, but the societal aspect of communism is stagnate and conformist, and for this reason I do not believe that communism can ever be truly successful.
If one was to compare the standard of living and societal norms of the USSR and the United States after World War II, one would see a stark contrast of a diverse and flourishing culture that rewarded innovation and new ideas(for the most part), compared with conspiracy ridden and fear ridden people. One of the most important factors to a progressing nation and a progressing economy is a variety of new ideas and entrepreneurs. That is how The United States attained companies such as Google and Apple. These companies have transformed life in the United States because they were given the freedom to try new ideas. Freedom of expression and new ideas are frequently crushed in communist societies, which does not foster an advancing lifestyle or economy.
This lack of expression is most often due to the control of the government in a communist society. This is one of the main problems of communism in the real world, for in modern society there must be a government institution to help form a communist state, but the communist ideology calls for a society without a ‘state’. The corruption, conspiracy, and power of communist governments are often the problem that leads to the negative aspects of their nation, but without this government a communist society would have been extremely difficult to create. Ideologically, communism may be successful and foster a positive society, but in the real world a government must be in place, crushing a lifestyle that fosters freedom and progress.
In conclusion, the idea of communism and the arguments of Marx and Engels I can understand, and they have very good ideas to fix class struggle and to give the hardest workers of a nation more power. But I cannot agree with the application of these ideas in real life, because until this point, despite economic successes of communist nations, their society has, I believe, never been one in which anyone would choose to live in with knowledge of what it is like because of the lack of freedom and lies of the government that so often occur within communist regimes.