As we read Karl Marx’s The Communist Manifesto, I began to see that there were many good aspects of Communism. Marx describes Communism as a society in which “class distinctions have disappeared” (page 244 The Communist Manifesto), so people would be equal. Tensions previously caused by disparities of wealth or power would not exist, nor would political tensions exist because: “…every class struggle is a political struggle” (page 230). Free education “for all children in public schools” (page 244) would provide equal educational opportunities to everyone. Abolition of nationality (page 241) and of “…the distinction between town and country…” (page 244) would promote harmony among people everywhere. Society would take care of those in need. Marx also points out many problems with Capitalism. According to Marx, everything in a Capitalist society is rooted in the desire for money and power: “…every form of society has been based… on the antagonism of oppressing and oppressed classes” (page 232). Marx argues that there is great disparity between the economic statuses of different classes, and that many people are very poor while others are very rich. Marx notes that even the family has been “reduced…to a mere money relation” (page 222). In theory, Communism seems very appealing. However, in practice, Communist societies can be very oppressive. Why is Communism in practice so much less appealing than Communism in theory? Why is there such a disconnect between theory and reality? What do you think?