For a long time now, I have wanted to write a blog on these isms. Some of them are hard to understand, because they are so diverse and obscure. And they seem to collide with each other; for instance, it seems that Marxism and Communism are almost the same. And, in addition to just being able to understand them, I have a growing concern for knowing why some people, esp. fascist leaders seem to be so infatuated with socialism and communism—like Putin. Why does he love it so much?
Well anyway, I intend here to take these isms one at a time, get their definitions and meanings, and then also to show their differences. Then I will attempt to show the digression of movement from one ism to another, starting with capitalism and ending with communism. Then last, I hope to tell you why I think some people, especially fascists are so drawn to Communism.
Capitalism is an economic system by which private ownership is the means of production. Capitalism, more than any other system provides personal incentives for investments and economic growth; and it also will make one feel good with a sense of pride in his achievements.
Capitalism like no other system has biblical support. We see this most in the creation account, where humans are made in God’s image, and therefore are given a creation mandate and to make the earth productive. Likewise, Scripture affirms the validity of private property rights, of entrepreneurship, and of achieving personal wealth by wise production skills.
Socialism is a system that is based on government ownership of all property, and the means of production (such as the raw materials, tools, factories, and labor) are also owned and controlled by the state.
I think socialists would say that the good of this system is that it draws people together to work together in order to meet individual need. And they would also say that it provides that all people will be cared for and all will share in the profits equally. Likewise, all people they say, will be paid the same regardless of what skills they have.
Marxism was named after Karl Marx. It is a system and a theory that encourages the working class of capitalism to rise up and rebel against their capitalist bosses in order to overturn capitalism in favor of communism. According to Marx, every society is divided into social classes and conflict is necessary between the classes, which will eventually result in the glorious classless communism.
Communism is much like socialism but it goes further. In communism there is no individual freedom. Everything is controlled and owned by the state. Its goal is to produce a classless society.
Fascism is a system with a party and a government led by a dictator. Hitler as well as Mussolini and Lenin were fascists. They ruled by forcefully and violently suppressing any opposition, and they controlled all industry and commerce by force. They often used racism and slavery to control people.
Knowing the differences?
I think we can see that capitalism is the most godly and best system if not abused. That is, it is a good system if the bosses will pay the workers what they deserve and if they do not get power hungry.
Socialism, though they try to be fair to everyone, is a system without freedom and personal incentive—which may result in unhappiness and depression. Socialism may be considered a middle stage in the transition from capitalism to communism.
Marxism is also in the middle between capitalism and communism. It revolts against capitalism in order to achieve communism. Also, in many ways it is like socialism. It is actually a revolutionary socialism, which is energized by fascism (like Mussolini). Likewise, the Nazis were socialists, extreme socialists, pushed along by an extreme fascist leader, Hitler.
Communism is regarded as a classless society; however, I think there are so many negatives: there is no personal freedom, no incentive to work, and are always fearful of authority.
Why are some people so drawn to socialism and communism?
It is easy to see why some people are drawn to socialism. It is because they think they will be better cared for—free healthcare, free education, etc. But, for those who think this way, they are deceived. And they are taken in because they are lazy. They haven’t learned the value of work and taking pride in their work. They would rather depend on the government to feed and clothe them and to tell them what to do.
I’m not sure why people are drawn to communism. Perhaps they think it will be like a utopian society. But that will not happen until Christ comes; and people should know that a communist leader will always be a cruel fascist.
And the only reason why leaders like Putin love communism is because they are hungry for power and control. Look at what he is doing now. He has been plotting to capture Ukraine for years. Why? Maybe he just likes the hilly country. Or maybe he just likes the feeling of having power over people. It is all very sick and selfish. Certainly, he is not thinking of anyone besides himself. He is very antichrist-like.