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Be the first to ask a question about Discovering Possibility. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Yet it inspires fear in some, derision in others, and an almost universal unconcern for what it is actually intended to convey. You could read Marx for yourself, of course, and find that his communism is not made from dreary monsters but instead complex reasoning toward a future social evolution. Many of its features may even be acceptable to your conservative aunt, if only she read him, too.
First up, you need to suffer one of those tedious passages where we define some terms. Here we go: Socialism and communism and liberalism are not interchangeable words.
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The liberal, whether of a progressive or conservative sort, believes that social problems largely derive from poor individual morals. US presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, for example, said our moral intolerance of minorities is the great problem with America; US president Donald Trump said our moral privileging of minorities is the great problem with America.
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The communist cannot agree with either proposition. Currently, that system is capitalism.
Communism is the critique and the antidote to capitalism, with all its problems, including those of social and cultural division. A liberal believes that capitalism can be humanized. A socialist is skeptical about this. In other words, liberals think a few bad apples spoil the supply. A communist thinks that the crate itself is rotten.
A communist is a socialist, but a socialist is not necessarily a communist. A communist believes that socialism is a historical phase that precedes communism and follows capitalism.
Socialism is that system where the state is the full or partial owner of all property. Communism is the collective ownership of all property.
The Ideas of Karl Marx
A communist wants more. A communist seeks the abolition of property, whether held by the state or private firms and citizens; they want all of us to own everything equally and become our own dictators. A communist seeks conditions to end the state entirely and have all human society collectively managed.
To make his argument that the mode of production is the starting point for many of our ideas and life experiences, Marx goes back in time. That is to say, the labor of many has ensured the comfort of a few ever since the Neolithic Revolution. This is our struggle. In a slave economy, most of us are slaves. In a feudal economy, most of us are serfs. In a capitalist economy, we become the servants of a small class of capitalists. Under capitalism today, we give a lot of our surplus to our bosses.
You may earn your pay in two or three hours, and the rest of your labor is turned to profit by the firm for which you work. If a business fails to make a profit—which it derives from the surplus provided by the worker—it will not be a business for very long. The progressive liberal believes that if we encourage business owners to be better people, this exploitation will not occur.
But the communist believes that the exploitation is inevitable. You might think the individual will is more powerful than the mode of production that contains it.
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To this, a communist, particularly one in a bad mood, might counter you with a picture of a Congolese child mining for the rare elements used inside our smartphones. No amount of assertiveness training is going to help that kid succeed. Our mode of production plays a very significant role in the development of that child: Capitalism needs that cheap labor to function.