Most of the population disagreed with both of the policies, however, the benefits and the positive effects outweighed for many. War Communism had a significant impact on the peasantry and the proletariat, it was extremely unpopular and not successful enough to continue. It has been suggested that War Communism was an attempt by the Bolsheviks to go straight to socialism, it is more likely that it was a reaction to wartime conditions, justified by ideological position. The effect of War Communism on the proletariat was immense, Lenin nationalised businesses to place the economy on a war footing. All industries came under direct control of the state, managers were forced to stay in their positions and private trades were banned.
The cold war wasn’t just caused by the Russians vs Americans. It was Capitalism vs Communism, which is not constricted to just those two countries. The Soviet Union had a major flaw. A communist model usually requires a dictator and as history would prove they become power mad and usually mistreat their people.
Communism becomes a critical issue when a new order is needed to guide individuals within a society. Communism is an ideology created in order to put an end to capitalism. Communism grew large in countries when people started noticing the promises that were being made like everyone would earn the same and workers especially wouldn’t be mistreated. Over the years however the true colors of what was supposed to be a helpful movement and political ideology was starting to become negative. With the exception of a few countries communism is almost wiped out.
Thus, the book Jungle by Upton Sinclair reveals the social injustice that persisted in the US in the early 20th century. However, the book raises many issues, which are still relevant today, such as the workplace safety, employees ' rights, labor relations, government policies in relation to labor relations, sexual harassment, social security and injustice and many other important issues. Upton Sinclair shows the desperate position of the working class in the US and clearly indicates the shift to socialism as the only solution to the problem of social injustice. In this regard, his solution is debatable but the point is that problems raised by Sinclair in his book were and, to a certain extent, are relevant and affect many people. The economic disparity and the unfair redistribution of the national wealth is the major problem that causes other issues and widens gaps between the rich and the poor
He also says we are not a republic because the elected representatives don’t rule in our favor, but in the favor for corporations and billionaires. Wealthy corporations and people have more rights over the average person. This in turn causes legislation to be written in their favor for their own interests. Myers believes we are turning into a Plutocracy which is the rule by the wealthy. This seems true in some aspects, but it is not always the case.
In the novel “In Dubious Battle”, It was a more so culmination of events such as the lowering of wages, unsafe equipment and unsanitary living conditions which finally motivated the workers to use their power to strike, hich immediately took place after World War One. In this time the Great Depression was turning its head in, in what turned out to be the worst economic downfall in U.S history. The stock markets were falling and unemployment rates were skyrocketing through the roof. At first the working class allowed the growers to have absolute power because they provided them jobs. As the workers became a bigger part of the organization they beginning to see how unfairly they were being treated.
A Marxist Dystopia The Great Depression is infamous for being the largest economic crash in United States history. People declared bankrupcy, price jumps shocked Americans and companies laid off thousands. The Depression was a time of struggling for many Americans, but it had implications that were greater than simply the economic sense. Scarcity created by the Depression outlined the greater power structures at work in American society. The Great Depression not only harmed people economically, but fostered a situation where land and business owners had complete power over workers and the working class had little if any autonomy.
Most people would have immediately said that he was an unjust ruler, because he used very unconventional means to bring about his vision for the Soviet Union. Other might have countered by pointing out the industrial and economical advancements he brought to the USSR. Thus begs the question, do the ends justify the means? But to answer this question, one must have first discovered what it was really asking. Joseph Stalin was famous for his ruthlessness, and rightly so.
Rondinone notes that later on, the Americans would develop a more encompassing idea of identity that would reflect the changing times . Nevertheless, these beliefs had not yet taken root in 1894. There was fear among the nationalists, and this motivated their negative response to the workers. This fear drove the response that the state and federal government adopted with regards to dealing with striking workers. The government, upon the wishes of the public, viewed the strikers as being foreigners out to destabilize the country.
Potential rivals were accused of aligning with capitalist nations, convicted of being "enemies of the people" and summarily executed. The purges eventually extended beyond the party elite to local officials suspected of counterrevolutionary activities.In the late 1920s and early 1930s, Stalin reversed the Bolshevik agrarian policy by seizing land given earlier to the peasants and organizing collective farms. This essentially reduced the peasants back to serfs, as they had been during the monarchy. Stalin believed that collectivism would accelerate food production, but the peasants resented losing their land and working for the state. Millions were killed in forced labor or starved during the ensuing famine.
With the frustration of employees, labor unions started to form on the premise of political alliances and by getting themselves some attention by protesting/ making laws of their working condition. To persuade opulent politician, many saw protesting as the answer to their conditions as like the Great Railroad Strike of 1877, while the Knights of Labor and Greenback-Labor Party did so by using their strong political bend to get what they want like the Granger laws (p.565-567). Protesting is a strong factor in order to get things done, but if you have to many people, there will be internal factions who want something else, compare to political diplomacy which is more structured. The major deeds of these groups were to have a 8 hour workday, no child labor, and safety laws (p.566-567). Having these centralize plan these groups can expand their ideas to politicians, its better than having no plan.