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Why did Karl Marx think Communism was the ideal political party?

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Why did Karl Marx think Communism was the ideal political party? Karl Marx was brought up in a Jewish community and society in his early years. His father was a lawyer, although he was descended from a long line of rabbis. As opportunities for Jews decreased Karl Marx's father, Herschel, decided to convert from Jewish to Lutheranism, which was the Prussian states religion. The Marx family was very liberal and often held intellectual conversations and was introduced to a lot of artists. Karl Marx was enrolled into the University in Bonn; this was a notorious school and was known for its bad reputation of the students that went there. His peers influenced Karl and his hobbies soon became singing in bars. His father made him transfer to a more serious and academic University in Berlin. Here Karl became interested in philosophy, to his fathers disgust of not being a lawyer, and soon adopted views of his teacher, Georg Hegel. ...read more.

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Also with more machines available, things would be produced quicker and can be accessed easily; the prices for goods decrease and merchants would not work, as they would loose their profit. If there were no merchants around there would be no markets, and the public couldn't buy goods. So Marx believed if they didn't buy the goods the economic value of the government would decrease, businesses going bankrupt, public unemployed and citizens without essential goods. And with the economic value going down, the government couldn't invest in more technology and technology was stalled. Marx assumed that this was a cycle of growth and collapse, and this constant cycle would demolish governments. Marx believed in anti-Semitism, although he was brought up Jewish his hatred for Jews grew when he wrote an essay called " The Jewish question". He promoted his views to the public and convinced them to hate Jews too, and to hate Jewish capitalists even more. But little did he know that his influences on the public where so strong that they would soon hate non-Jewish capitalists as well. ...read more.

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The reason why a communist country needs to prevent freedom of movement is, if you are trying to pay everyone equally, then higher and more educated employees will move abroad as they will get better paid for their efforts. The reason why Marx choose communism instead of capitalism is because Marx felt capitalism was cheating people off, for example merchants. Also the profit they were receiving didn't go to the government it went straight into their own luxuries and this wasn't fair on the people who were paying more for the goods when they could get it cheaper. Marx also believed that communism was the ideal party as they use their own produces instead of importing products, this saved money. Karl also thought the idea of communism fading into the background (as there would be no need of a government if everyone is equal, there would be no riots) was a good idea. I think the idea of communism is a good idea, that everyone is equal, everything is owned by government. But I think in practice it wouldn't work out, as the more educated employees would just feel left short. Hazell Moore 9/10N 26th June 2004 ...read more.

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