This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The American Communist Movement Essay

1950 words - 8 pages

Political desire for power and control has resulted in the practices of socialism and communism. These political leaders have used this government control to influence and guide the economies for their own personal gain. During the early to mid twentieth century, the rise of socialism and communism led to economic, political, and social corruption throughout Eastern Europe, The United States, and many economies worldwide, resulting in the need for action against it. The introduction of government controlled economies led to devastating consequences that are seen in many aspects of life as well as in literature.
The governmental shift towards social programs had many affects on the working ...view middle of the document...

Decisions normally made by individuals or corporations where made by the controlling party. Businesses were left to the government planners to decide what is produced, who will produce it, and who will get the items produced. Workers were not motivated to be productive, because they received the same salary no matter how hard they worked. Many economists such as Ludwig Von Mises predicted that a communist economy would never work because the government controlled prices and wages. In Soviet Russia, Von Mises prediction became realized as the state controlled the economy by fixing prices and wages. Marxism failed because the incentives to be efficient in production did not exist in this system. In Soviet Russia, the state controlled all aspects of production and quality control was replaced by bribery and unlawful acts. Workers and businesses were not given any incentives to succeed and produce which led to an unproductive system. “The Marxist experiment was in trouble and Lenin instituted a New Economic Policy (NEP), which allowed small businesses to operate freely” (Yergin, Stanislaw). An economic revival was a consequence of the NEP by releasing the price controls and allowing farmers to sell their goods. Critics argued that Lenin had given in on the principles of Marxism (government control) and Lenin responded that the control of the overall economy, major industry would be in the hands of the government. Lenin called this “Commanding Heights” of the economy. This was the turning point that other economies would model their economic structure towards government control.
Leaders of the Communists party used some subtle, non-violet forms of repressions to control its citizens. Restrictions on personal freedoms were enforced. Equality 7-2521 discovers personal pronouns; he states “My dearest ones, it is not proper for me to be without names. There was a time each man had a name of his own to distinguish him from all other men” (Rand98). The Great divide is another example of repression by a wall constructed through Berlin, Germany to restrict passage from the east to the west. The west represented a free market society and the east represented the government controlled party. As Kennedy would say when he visited the wall in 1963; “Freedom has many difficulties and democracy is not perfect, but we never had to put up a wall to keep our people in” (Von Drehle 53). Communist’s leaders felt the needs of society were above individual rights and social liberties. The government would tell workers they would lose their job if they went against the Communist regime. They would deny material items for unhappy citizens and reward people who complied with the rules. There are several examples of how communism and even the fear of communism caused situations to become violent. Soviet Communism got rid of private property, and promoted atheism. The Soviet state murdered thousands of priests and religious people. A good deal of violence...

Other Papers Like The American Communist Movement

Arthur Miller, Mccarthism, and the Crucible

982 words - 4 pages Communist Party?” (Broudin). This was the famous line that Joseph McCarthy used to lead the nation into the Red Scare. In 1946, Joseph McCarthy was elected as Senator of Wisconsin but was known as a “cheap politician” (Broudin). After four years in Congress, he needed a platform in order to be re-elected, so he brought up a new issue to make a name for himself, communism (Broudin). Two crucial programs already existed that strengthened the movement

How Successful Was The Usa’S Policy Of Containment?

2612 words - 11 pages unable to gain on communist territory they did in fact succeed in meeting the directive of containment. As arguably the aim of the policy containment, was not the liberation of Communist countries, but preventing Communist nations and insurgencies from taking over pro-Western countries and therefore the eventual stalemate of movement and war at the 38th parallel can be taken as a success, as communism spread no further than where it originally

Red Scare. The Communis Hysteria In The US During The 1950s

1807 words - 8 pages wished to give up their newly acquired land. Both countries following imperialist ideas attempted to spread their government across the world. America, insecure about its power to uphold a democratic government in foreign nations feared a communist invasion from their Cold War foe, Russia. A hysteria swept across the United States as American paranoia of a loss of personal rights increased. President Harry Truman's thoughts summed up the nation's

Gray Zone

2008 words - 9 pages strength of this commemorating efforts led by several student groups as threatening. Merely because of the dominating position the Communist Party possessed, federal government officials behind the true leader Deng Xiaoping only react to the movement mildly, believing social order would resume as always (A Tiananmen Journal 37). Contrary to the government’s anticipation, the commemoration accelerated into a student movement with the headline

Terms for Final

598 words - 3 pages people. American Volunteer Group Lin Biao - a major Communist military leader -Leader of the army during the civil war, especially in Northeastern China. - Lin had chance to be the successor of Mao, but his relation with Mao became terrible later in the Cultural Revolution. Lin died in plane crush in Mongolia, and he is also blamed for the cultural revolution Jiang Qing -4th Wife of Mao -Became to be active in Chinese political life in

The Marxist Ideal Cannot Work

1735 words - 7 pages was the key to the communist ideal and, through good leadership, this could be achieved. In the various stages of development which the struggle of the working class against the bourgeoisie has to pass through, they always and everywhere represent the interests of the movement as a whole.ii He also felt, as illustrated above, in order for Communists to succeed, they must work as a whole, and that the Party must represent


2525 words - 11 pages temporarily divided along the 17th parallel such that the north would be communist and the south would not be. As a result of this, the United States decided to intervene in the South Vietnamese affairs in an attempt to contain communism as they had in Korea. It was at this time that the American National Security Council (NSC) published its 68th paper (NSC-68) in which they introduced the policy of rollback. NSC-68 guaranteed the liberation of

The Cold War and Its Effects on the Civil Rights Movement

1522 words - 7 pages The Cold War and the Civil rights movement With its leading role in the creation of the UN, the Truman Doctrine, as well as the Berlin Airlift; post – war United States sought to establish itself as the citadel of democracy and protector of the free people in the face of the expanding Communist sphere of influence throughout the world. There was however, a domestic issue that seemed to go against the professed ideals of democracy abroad

Vietnam: Historic, Political and Economic Influences on Globalization

1602 words - 7 pages supposed to be democratic. The separation was only supposed to be a temporary solution but became an ongoing problem which led to U.S. military involvement and the Vietnam War. During the 20 year period of 1955 to 1975, North Vietnam waged a campaign to reunite all of Vietnam under communist rule. This campaign is known as the Second Indochina War. This effort started with an insurgent movement in the south by the Viet Cong. At this point

Mccarthy Era

596 words - 3 pages The McCarthy Era was between 1945-1960. The McCarthy Era was when there were many widespread accusations and investigations of suspected Communist activities in the United States. McCarthyism was the act accusations were called McCarthyism. The word “McCarthy” comes from the name of Senator Joseph R. McCarthy who was born on May 2, 1909. Joseph McCarthy, a American politician and a U.S. senator from Wisconsin made many charges on army

American History

1248 words - 5 pages seemed to be a threat to that era.Before the producers began to shoot Salt of the Earth, there was a tension of "Cold War" that was created the idea of anti-communism. The government and many Americans were disagreed with the concept of communism. There were a well knows committee called House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), the well known anti-communist investigation committee. Also, in 1950, there was a federal law called McCarran Act that

Related Essays

Rosa Parks' Prominence In The American Civil Rights Movement

3737 words - 15 pages Rosa Parks has gone on to become a prominent figure in the American Civil Rights Movement. She has become known as the African-American woman who refused to give up her seat to a white man and move to the back of the bus. However, there was much more to her life than that one lone incident. The Rebellious Life of Rosa Parks by Jeane Theoharis looks into that life and highlights all the important events that have made Parks an American icon. Some

Washington Irving As An Influence Of The American Romantic Movement

846 words - 4 pages When asked to name works of the Romantic Movement, one may mention works such as Hawthorne’s, The Scarlet Letter, or Poe’s, “The Raven.” These works, while both romantic, are American. However, the Romantic Movement actually began in Europe, with books such as Goethe’s, The Sorrows of Young Werther, and others. The American Romantic movement was influenced from the European gothic style of writing; the American writer, Washington Irving acts as

The Civil Rights Movement: American Declaration Of Independence

2073 words - 9 pages ------------------------------------------------- AMERICAN DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE Civil Rights Movement Deyana Faraj On the 4th of July 1776, 56 delegates to the Continental Congress signed a document that would not only declare independence of America from British colonial power but less than 200 years later, become the backbone of a new established America where the walls of discrimination and segregation would finally begin to

Vietnam Assignment

757 words - 4 pages stages of the Cold War. Succeeding Eisenhower, President John F. Kennedy also had to uphold a high level of responsibility especially regarding Vietnam where communist China and Russia sought control. In the 19th century, France annexed Indo-China. However, during World War II, France was overrun and became occupied by the Japanese. Indochinese nationalists opposed to both Japan and France, and joined forces to create an independent movement called