Why Did Western Europe Never Fully Envelope Marxism?

Topics: Social class, Christianity, Islam Pages: 2 (286 words) Published: May 9, 2013
The concentration of wealth is why Western Europe never fully

enveloped Marxism. In the East, Africa, and South America, they had wealth

concentrated in the hands of a very few high classes, whereas in Western

Europe and North America it was somewhat more spread out. In the "poor"

areas, Marxism was seen as a way to take wealth from the elites and spread it

among all the people, and Marxism was in most cases with the overthrow and

execution of the elites. In the areas where wealth was more spread out the elites

and the middle classes largely recognized that Marxism would not benefit them,

and might even harm the poor even more. In the middle East and India they had

strong religious structure that kept them from following the Marxist path.

The religious factor also happened. The West tended to have more of a

Judeo-Christian worldview which called for assistance to the widow, the orphan and the indigent. Marxism tends to be anti-religious would be antithetical to the worldview of these people. Some of the poor and middle class in Western Europe translated their social position to their religion, ie: God put me here and wants me to honor the government over me so violently overthrowing the government equals rejecting God's will for me. With Marxism's rejection of religion there was no such conscience of the people.

Additionally, you have people who view Marxism as a means to control an ignorant and uncooperative society with a virtual dictatorship "for their own benefit". The socialist and representative republics of the West acknowledge that people can be trusted, to a certain extent, to handle freedom responsibly and support the governemnt without force of arms.
Continue Reading

Please join StudyMode to read the full document

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Why Did a Stalemate Develop on the Western Front? Essay
  • Why Did Stalin Take Control of Eastern Europe? Essay
  • Essay on Why Did War Break Out in Europe in 1939?
  • Expansion of Western Europe Essay
  • Women's Roles in Western Europe Essay
  • Byzantine Empire and Western Europe Essay
  • Changes and Continuity in Western Europe Essay
  • Islam and Western Europe Essay

Become a StudyMode Member

Sign Up - It's Free