Why it’s too late for communism

Kay Douglas period 6

In Marx’s communist Manifesto he sums up communism (in short) “…the theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property” [1]. Marx believed that if a man did not have private property that the caste system would disappear. But what Marx does not take into account is that men and women were born with free will. Having a regulations as to what one can and cannot have goes against our natural right to free will. If a man is willing to put in work to build something from the ground up, it is his right to do so. Implementing communism/socialism after man has spent years practicing free will is unprecedented. A free market and ownership of private property provides people with incentives to contribute to the nation economy. Marx argues that the incentive does not exist, but if it didn’t, America’s economy would have failed years ago. Incentives make our economy one of the greatest in the world.

Ms. Sula, 47, whose grandfather died in prison in Albania in 1952 says “People say communism wasn’t so bad, but people tend to forget the suffering” [2]. Coming from someone who has experienced a communist regime this statement is powerful. Communist governments claim to be looking after the peoples best interest, but in reality, the power that used to be separated by classes is given to the government. Today, history speaks for itself. Communism has failed miserably time and time again. Though it could of sounded ideal during Marx’s time, the world has progressed in ways Marx could have not imagined. It is too late for communism.

John Locke wrote “The state of nature has a law of nature to govern it, which obliges every one: and reason, which is that law, teaches all mankind, who will but consult it, that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions…[3]. The intention of a market economy is that a man can create his own wealth and success, and can use their success to offer a path to success for others. By making something out of pure inspiration and being able to employ people in the process, not only help the individual but the overall;; economy. If we cultivate this process, more people will be able to make a choice as to where they want to work because there will be an endless realm of possibilities. By continuing to encourage this work ethic, our country will continue to be one of the biggest influences in the market economy, and it is not a bad thing.



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

[2] Brunwasser, Matthew. “As Albania Reckons With Its Communist Past, Critics Say It’s Too Late.” The New York Times. February 26, 2017. Accessed May 01, 2017. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/26/world/europe/as-albania-reckons-with-its-communist-past-critics-say-its-too-late.html?_r=0.

[3] Schochet, Gordon J. Life, liberty and property: essays on Locke’s political ideas. Belmont, Cal.: Wadsworth, 1971.


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