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Franz Neumann, Herbert Marcuse, Otto Kirchheimer, and Raffaele Laudani

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691134130

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691134130.001.0001

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The Potentials of World Communism

The Potentials of World Communism

(August 1,1949)

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(p.591) 31 The Potentials of World Communism
Source:
Secret Reports on Nazi Germany
Author(s):

Herbert Marcuse

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691134130.003.0032

This chapter examines the potentials of international Communism, focusing on countries on the basis of their value as representatives of the different areas in which the ideology is now a significant factor in terms of the immediate availability of resources. The report traces the evolution and expansion of the Communist movement since its inception, noting how the main focus has shifted from the highly advanced countries of the West to the relatively backward area of the Eastern orbit. It suggests that Communism in the Eastern orbit has become a vast political, economic, and military system outside the capitalist world, with central power and direction located in the Soviet Union. The chapter also considers the Communist program, with particular emphasis on the “Two-Camp” theory and the chief components of the Communist plan today, including expansion in Asia. It concludes with an assessment of the assets and liabilities of world Communism.

Keywords:   international Communism, Eastern orbit, Soviet Union, Two-Camp theory, Asia

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