So where did Communism and Capitalism originate from?
Communism and capitalism are two completely different forms of government. Communism focuses on the proletariat of society while capitalism may focus on everyoner or as marxists say the bourgeousie.
Communism's Father: Karl Marx
Karl Marx was the founder of communism with his afamed literature "The Communist Manifesto." It called for a dictatorship of the proletariat through the revolution against the bourgeousie. The Russians took this to heart and in 1917 began the revolution (known as the Bolshevik revolution) to ovethrow the monarchy then the fledgeling tranisitional republic. The major tenets of communism are listed below in a tchart comapring it with capitalism.
Capitalism: Adam Smith and The Wealth of Nations
Capitalism sees its roots in Adam Smith's "The Wealth of Nations." This book calls for market economics with minimal government involvement. This was the guide to the US economy. Free markets drove the western world. He was a scotsman that argued that countries needed to vamp up production and exports to grow their wealth to "set it free."
The Threat of Communism
Based upon a free market economy.
Called for a democratic government.
Minimal government involvement in the economy from the government.
Competition by companies in an open market.
Privately owned businesses and companies operate competitively to power the economy
Supply and demand operated by a consumerist demand.
Prices for goods fluctuate according to market.
A centrally planned economy from the government.
A one-party state.
Heavy government involvement in the economy as it is the central planner of it.
Collectivization of farms into large plots where crops are taken and the food is distributed evenly.
Government owned businesses and companies are the major employers and economic runners.
Supply and demand has no influence on the economic activity.
Prices are set by the government.
So how is Communism so threatening?
Communism was an economic system that could be interpreted in any way by any one. Stalin was the wrong person to be put in charge. Communism was used in a way to threaten other nations and keep the world on edge for 46 years. Millions died because of the conflict between communism and capitalism.