I've always heard about them but i never really learned what they are about. i always get either biased opinions or "communists are, well communists." i heard that they were atheists who killed Christians and wanted to make new laws. is that true? can somebody explain it all more to me
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I'm doing a master's degree in history, so I will try to approach this question from a somewhat historic perspective. What's of paramount importance to understand about communism is that Karl Marx, the "inventor" of communism, never actually said much about it. Many uninformed people like to claim all kinds of things about communism but most of these things are either just made up stuff or things that later historical figures who CLAIMED to be communists said.
Marx was a philosopher and, like myself, a historian. As a scientist and learned man, he didn't care so much about the exact way a utopian society would look like. This is why, when you read his "Communist Manifesto", you will in fact find very little information of how humanity could actually achieve a communist society. Instead, Marx was interested in the current system and why it doesn't work. He understood that not only is society extremely unequal but that capitalism, against its promise to make you rich, doesn't actually work. Marx developed a complex philosophical theory called "Historical Materialism". Of course I can't go into all the details here but in a nutshell, historical materialism says two important things: all history so far was the history of class struggle and it happens because of the material (economic) superstructure in our society. Contrary to what many people believe, Marx didn't think rich people were evil. He did believe that rich people such as factory owners exploited their workers but he believed that they were themselves forced to do this because of their social background. The basic concept of Marx's thought was that capitalism doesn't work because it makes humans into egoistic beings who want to compete and fight each other rather than work together. I'll give you an example of what a historical materialist would say about the current state of the world: as you perhaps know, economies world wide are struggling and their societies with them. Many jobs are being lost due to automatization, wages go down etc. This will increase in the coming decades. More people will become unemployed or working poor. Naturally, this can't go on forever. At one point, the despair of the suppressed will turn into wrath and a big war will break out (as has happened in the 1930s). This war will destroy tons of resources (just like world war two did). After the war, many people will be dead and the few people who are left have to rebuild their society (as it happened in the 1950s in2
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no social classes and private property I think1