“The theory of communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property.”- Karl Marx
Within secondary schools communism in often discussed. When studying the Vietnam war, Stalin’s dictatorship and the cold war, our history teacher-and many of my fellow pupils-came to the conclusion that communism only works in theory. Sadly, we had only discussed the corrupted version of communism, which was tinted by dictators (like Stalin). Our teacher failed to explained to my fellow class mates about Cuba, Karl Marx and the morality behind communism’s essence. Stalin, Kim Jong-Un and a handful of other corrupt dictators, quickly became the talking point of the lessons. When communism is considered a “failure”, one will quite often ponder in the “failures” of capitalism. The common myth of communism only working in theory can be disproved instantly. Despite being run corruptly, communism in China, Soviet Union and North Korea, does/did indeed work. Sadly, the dictators/governments were taking vast amounts of money for themselves(this contradicts Karl Marx’s theory of equality). Capitalism has also had its fair share of corrupt dictators, wars, revolutions and lying governments. For example, the conservative party seem to have an obsession with treating richer people better, leaving the poorer “class” to pay more tax. Many bankers (whom earn millions every year) have been known not to pay any tax. Capitalism has also fallen to money scandals. In 2009, evidence against George Osborne ( Britain’s chancellor) proved that he owed just over £55,000 to the British public; this evidence was released just months after he called benefit thieves “muggers”. Osborne’s case is not the only capitalist scandal in the UK; over three quarters or parliament were using tax payers money to buy holidays, second homes and cars (one politician even brought a £500 pound duck home). Now, which form of government is “evil”?
If it is true, youth being taught to hat communism, then why is this the case? What is so bad about (positively) teaching youth (and adults) about equal rights, equal pay and a generally more moral form of government? The only reason equal pay would not work is greed. I see nothing more important than teaching infants-not just teenagers- that excessive amounts of money is not important. I myself, do not see money as the most important thing in the world, I simply want to live happily, and aspire for others to do the same. Though, I do not believe this is the reason for the rejection of communism in youth, teaching the true value of life to children should be schools priority.
Society should be equal. That was Marx’s dream. Britain’s youth seem to misunderstand the benefits and morality behind equality.Marx and Engels were firm believers in equal pay for ALL. Despite doing the exact same work- at the same quality- as my fellow workmates , I am being paid less than minimum wage (or “labor wage”, as Marx put it). This is because I am under-18. It seems unfair that workers are paid based on their age. Surely, the government would consider demolishing under-18 wage, and replace it with adult’s minimum wage.
Since year 6 , most children are told to aspire to go to a good university and get an “upper class” job. This is madness, teaching children to look down at middle and lower class jobs and there workers is disgusting, anyone whom teaches kids such nonsense should be deeply ashamed of themselves.
Wage, is also determined by your social “class”. Marx understood the more labour you do; the less you get paid. This is still the case today. The elimination of manual labour was another prediction of his. The employment of machines and robots has torn away jobs and lowered wages. It seems the answer to Britain’s “lack of jobs” would be the elimination of machinery and computers. The only change in classes over the years ahs been the names by which we call them. Today, we know these classes as; “upper class”, “lower class” and “middle class”.
The “upper class” is the rich, to put it bluntly. This is the social class aimed for by the majority of capitalist workers. Many (especially labourers)wont come close to this target. The “upper class” is treated better and more important than the other “classes”. The “upper class” is a wide spectrum, despite being so specific, and varies from doctors, politicians and royalty. Many, whom are considered “upper class”, are born into their wealth, money and power (like the royal family). It is very worrying that some people can be born into such power. The monarchy is society’s biggest evil.
The “middle class” are those whom earn enough to live comfortably. Once again it is a wide spectrum, teachers, lorry drivers and fitness instructors, are a few examples of “middle class” jobs. Do not be mistaken, though the “middle class” is below the “upper class”, it does not mean it’s a bad lifestyle. A good communist government would aim for ALL to be paid “middle class” wage. The “middle class” are fairly respected, but are still looked down on by many whom were born into “upper class” family’s
The “lower class” are those whom are struggling to live decent lives. They struggle to keep their homes (some don’t have a home). Those in the “lower class “are usually treated with no respect from there employers; this is what Marx was talking about. Many “lower class” workers are labourers, and get paid next to nothing.
In conclusion, not only are children taught to hate communism, but they are also taught to hate the idea of living without unnecessary wealth. I, for one, would live in a world of equality and social unity, rather than having individual power. I wish others would do the same also.