Communism No More

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Communism No More The scientific theory behind communism is to do well for the people of the country it is governing. Although communism is supposed to be an ideal system for its people, this is not always the case. In reading excerpts from Reform Communism by Imre Nagy and Antipolitics by Gyorgy Konrad, one can begin to understand the various problems behind communism and the reasons to change communism in Europe. Through his critique of Marxism, Nagy pointed out the many problems with Stalin's communism and proposed the proper way to reforming it through the policies of the "New Course." Like Nagy, Konrad saw the need for an end to communism, but he wrote about changes to the system in a different light than Nagy. He discussed the idea of antipolitics, the rejection of the government, and the hope to depoliticize people's lives. Autonomy and less government in individual's lives would best be obtained by the redistribution of power in Europe.

As will be seen, both authors sought the need for change in communism and for a different governmental system to emerge from this change.

Imre Nagy wrote Reform Communism in 1955-1956, during which time he had reemerged as the prime minister of Hungary. In his writing, Nagy forcefully denounced the communist party in the way which Stalin had organized it. As discussed in lecture, during the Stalinist Era in the Soviet Union (1948-53), the key features were communist party control, mobilization, heavy industrialization, collectivized agriculture, and ideological/physical terror. In Nagy's explanation of Stalin's monopoly over Marxism-Leninism, he proved how the application of Leninist teachings of Marxism-Leninism to certain situations in the Soviet Union were pushed onto the back burner (pg. 83). The major problem with the application by Stalin was that it didn't take into account the differences...