Communism and Capitalism Are Two Sides of the Same Coin

They are two systems at odds, yet they rely on each other to work.

Edy Zoo

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Joseph McCarthy will roll in his grave once he discovers that in 2030 Communist China will surpass the United States as the world’s leading economic power. How dare the Reds take on the liberating power of democracy and crush it under their militant boots? But that’s what is happening, and there’s a reason it’s happening.

Capitalism and communism are two systems that theoretically oppose each other. However, they both rely on each other to function. For capitalism to prosper, a system of communism must be in place to provide for the people’s basic needs. And, for communism to work, there must be a capitalist system to supply the people with goods and services. So, you can’t have one without the other.

And weirdly, capitalists and communists understand this, and they have exploited this. On the other hand, American politicians fuel division by feeding their constituents the idea that communism is an evil inspired by the fiery abyss of hell. But, of course, that’s a false narrative. What they have done is equaled an economical idea to a governmental one. In other words, in their minds and rhetoric, communism is interchangeable with oppression and tyranny.

But it’s not. Instead, communism is one of the most critical concepts in political theory — capitalism being the other. To define simply: capitalists believe in a free market economy where individuals can pursue their interests. They argue that this system leads to innovation and prosperity for all.

Communists, on the other hand, believe in a centrally planned economy where the government controls all aspects of production and distribution. They argue that this system leads to social equality and fairness.

While these two ideologies seem diametrically opposed, there is some overlap. For example, both capitalists and communists believe in private property rights. However, capitalists…

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Edy Zoo

Edy Zoo is an author who writes about social subjects. He contributes to the ever-growing library of social critics.