The Influence and Flaws of Communism: A Historical Analysis

TLDR Communism, a political theory rooted in the oppression of the poor by the rich, still holds influence today, with thinkers like Antonia Gramsky and France Fanon shaping ideas of social justice. However, communism's claim to be scientific is an attempt to deny its religious heritage, and its lack of tolerance for challenges and dissent, as well as its history of violence and repression, suggest that it is inherently flawed.

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00:00 Communism, a political theory that dominated the late 19th and 20th centuries, still has a significant influence on both political and cultural levels, with thinkers like Antonia Gramsky and France Fanon continuing to shape ideas of social justice and resistance against oppressive domination.
04:56 Marxism, which can be seen as a political religion, is rooted in the idea that the oppression of the poor by the rich and powerful is morally wrong.
09:43 Marxism's claim to be scientific is an attempt to deny its Christian and Jewish heritage, and its scientific language is used to stand in for theological ideas.
14:26 Marxism is born out of the specific circumstances of the mid 19th century, with Marx and Engels observing the impact of the Industrial Revolution and the suffering it inflicts, and while Marx acknowledges the achievements of bourgeois civilization, he believes that capitalism contains the seeds of its own destruction and that revolution will happen in advanced industrial societies like Britain or Germany, but it ultimately occurs in Russia under the leadership of Lenin.
19:09 Stalin's actions and violence were not aberrations, but rather a reflection of his commitment to Marxist ideology and his belief that violence was necessary to achieve a communist society.
23:29 Communism is not inherently totalitarian, but it does have a totalitarian bent due to its lack of tolerance for challenges and dissent, as seen in Lenin and Stalin's actions, and Stalin's push for rapid industrialization and control over the economy.
27:58 Communist leaders, such as those in the Soviet Union and China, may claim to believe in communism, but their actions and lifestyles suggest otherwise, and the failure of communism is inevitable because it is based on a theological myth.
32:26 Communism, as a way of living, has been attempted in various regimes, but the repression and violence that has occurred in each case suggests that it is inherently flawed and impossible to build an ideal state without acknowledging the fallibility of humans.
36:47 The collapse of communism in the Soviet Union has shifted the understanding of Western wealth and its connection to systematic exploitation, but the rise in life expectancy and living standards in places like Africa and Asia challenges the argument of exploitation of the poor.
40:59 The nature of communism allowed for the discipline and control of millions of people, which meant that a non-communist Russia may not have been able to resist and defeat Nazi Germany with the same brutal force and disregard for human life.
45:14 In response to a question about whether a communist system is inevitable in the future, the speaker argues that it goes against human nature and is not likely to happen.
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