Do Communists Live in Fear?

Emily Courtois

Mr. Aparicio

Economics p.3

27 April 2017


Do Communists live in fear?

            Ludwig von Mises declared in his Liberty and Property, that “government is not, as some people like to say, a necessary evil; it is not an evil, but a means, the only means available to make peaceful human coexistence possible” [2]. He says that government seems evil and crude through all the laws and restrictions at first. People seem scared of it because, i.e., if a citizen under that capitalist government does not pay his taxes, the government may issue a warning, then make him pay extra rates, then start to take away his property, and eventually take him to jail for tax evasion. So it is reasonable to conclude that people act according to the government’s laws out of fear of being treated with extensive measures which may sound inhumane during the time. But as Ludwig von Mises said, the government’s just doing it to keep order and peace. People would go around killing and stealing without proper governmental laws.

So now that capitalists apparently live in fear, do Communists? Their form of government seems reasonable from the outside, so why would they be afraid?

Karl Marx stated in his Manifesto of the Communist Party, that “… the theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property” [1]. He claimed this to be the root of the Communist society; to be able to be in control and stop rebellions because “property is alleged to be the groundwork of all personal freedom, activity and independence” [1]. By his conclusion, if everything is public, no one would be able to be free, thus, creating a bind on personal freedoms. He wants the State (Communists who represent the whole body of Communists) to be in control and distribute capital. According to Marx, if no one has private property, new ideas and movements would be impossible to form. So then, would Communists live in fear of their government? Yes. It all bubbles down to civil rights and freedoms not given in a communist society. People are afraid that they will step out of line and cause unnecessary repercussions to them and their family for a simple misstep. For an example, right now, Venezuela’s government is a torrent of uncontrollable violence over freedoms the general people want and those that the government is not willing to give [3]. What they thought was communism turned into a totalitarian government where the people are fighting for what simple freedoms they want so dearly. There are many violent protesters and unrest, the death tolls are still rising, and there’s a major currency crisis. The country’s economy is collapsing and tearing the people apart every second of every day.

[1] Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, and Ellen Meiksins. Wood, The Communist manifesto (New York: Monthly Review Press, 1998). Print.

[2] Mises, Ludwig Von. Liberty & Property. Auburn, Ala.: Ludwig Von Mises Institute, 2009. Print.

[3]”Venezuela’s Worst Economic Crisis: What Went Wrong?” Business & Economy | Al Jazeera. Al Jazeera, 01 May 2017. Web. Accessed April 29 2017.

[4]”Mass Hysteria.” Red Scare. Web. Accessed April 29 2017. 



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