Communism and Confucianism

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According to the definition of Communism on online it states; “ a theory or system of social organization based on the holding of all property in common, actual ownership being ascribed to the community as a whole or to the state” and the definition of Confucianism states; “the system of ethics, education, and statesmanship taught by Confucius and his disciples, stressing love for humanity, ancestor worship, reverence for parents, and harmony in thought and conduct.” Confucianism and Communism has been a long term clash throughout history. However, Confucianism and Communism do share some common ground with the beliefs of respecting their elders/ancestors. The government of the People’s Republic of China is divided into three sections, the Communist Party, the Central’s People Government and the People’s Liberation Army. The Communist Party is controlled by the Politburo Standing Committee, which is a group of 4 to 9 people, usually all older men, who make all the decisions of national significance. To understand further about Communism, some differences among China’s government and our own are the following; the United States practices democracy, China practices authoritarian/totalitarian system. The United States have rules of law, China rules their men and lastly the United States protects the rights of people unlike China infringes on the rights of people (Starr, 54). Both Confucianism and Daoism disfavor a harsh government. Thus, this has put a strain on the people in China by testing their beliefs and faith through many, many years. Confucius, born Kong Qui was born in 551 B.C.E, “founded” what is known as Confucianism, to which is not considered a world religion (not organized) (Pollock, p. 145) rather a “system of ethics…stressing love for humanity and ancestor worship” as stated above. Confucius was believed to be an unsuccessful politician but tried to infiltrate the government. Confucius urged to lead people with virtue and rituals as...
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