In modern usage, the term Communism (written with a capital C ) is applied to the movement that aims to overthrow the capitalist order by revolutionary means and to establish a classless society in which all goods will be socially owned. The theories of the movement come from Karl Marx , as modified by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin , leader of the successful Communist revolution in Russia. Communism, in this sense, is to be distinguished from socialism , which (as the term is commonly understood) seeks similar ends but by evolution rather than revolution.
Sections in this article:
- Origins of Communism
- The Growth of Modern Communism
- The Collapse of Communism
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