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The Idea of Communism (What Was Communism?)

The Idea of Communism (What Was Communism?)

Author Tariq Ali
Publisher Seagull Books
Publication Date 2009-11-15
Section Politics
Type New
Format Hardcover
ISBN 9781906497262

November 9, 2009 will mark 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the monumental event that signaled the beginning of the end of Communism in the former Soviet Union. Yet, why was this collapse of Communism considered final, but the many failures of capitalism are considered temporary and episodic? In The Idea of Communism, Tariq Ali addresses this very question.The idea of Communism, argues Ali, was simple and noble. The Communist Manifesto, which advocated the creation of a society based on the principle of “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need” rather than a system based on greed and profit, appealed to millions all over the globe.

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