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24. Political Theory / D. Ideologies / 9. Communism

[strong control to achieve equality and good lives]

28 ideas
There could be private land and public crops, or public land and private crops, or both public [Aristotle]
Owning and sharing property communally increases disagreements [Aristotle]
The nature of people is decided by the government and politics of their society [Rousseau]
Young Hegelians think consciousness is chains for men, where old Hegelians think it the bond of society [Marx/Engels]
In communist society we are not trapped in one activity, but can act freely [Marx/Engels]
If the common interest imposes on the individual, his actions become alienated and enslaving [Marx/Engels]
The class controlling material production also controls mental production [Marx/Engels]
The revolutionary class is opposed to 'class', and represents all of society [Marx/Engels]
To assert themselves as individuals, the proletarians must overthrow the State [Marx/Engels]
Modern governments are just bourgeois management committees [Marx/Engels]
Communism aims to abolish not all property, but bourgeois property [Marx/Engels]
Many of the bourgeois right grievances are a form of self-defence [Marx/Engels]
Must production determine superstructure, or could it be the other way round? [Singer on Marx]
Even decently paid works still have their produce bought with money stolen from them [Marx]
Freedom only comes when labour is no longer necessary [Marx]
From each according to his ability, to each according to his need [Marx]
People who only have their labour power are the slaves of those permitting them to work [Marx]
Freedom is making the state subordinate to its society [Marx]
Man is dominated by money, which is the essence of his alienation [Marx]
False consciousness results from concealment by the superstructure [Marx, by Singer]
Marx rejected equal rights because they never actually treat people as equals [Marx, by Kymlicka]
The truth about events always comes from the oppressed and disadvantaged [Sartre, by Bakewell]
Levinas says Marxism is the replacement of individualist ethics, by solidarity and sociality [Levinas, by Critchley]
Materialist history says we are subject to incomprehensable forces [Singer]
Alienation is not finding what one wants, or being unable to achieve it [Flanagan]
The concept of 'alienation' seems no longer applicable [Svendsen]
For communists history is driven by the proletariat [Micklethwait/Wooldridge]
Give by ability and receive by need, rather than a free labour market [Charvet]