Communism is described as the revolutionary socialist movement whose main aim is to build a classless and stateless social order. The principles are based on the common ownership principles and equal social, political and economic rights to the common masses. There have been few leaders in the history of the world that have worked painstakingly hard in propagating the culture and ideals of communism and didn’t mind sacrificing their lives for the cause. Here is a list of top 10 people behind propagating communism.
10. Fidel Castro:
Credited as the leader who holds the unique distinction of transforming Cuba into the first communist state in the Western Hemisphere, the impressive leader has always been at war with the US because of his ideology and involved in several clashes with Americans. The conflicts with US, namely Cuban Missile crisis and the Bay of Pigs invasion, were among the highlights of his regime.
9. Marshal Tito:
The Yugoslav revolutionary and communist leader, Marshal Josip Broz Tito was famous for his diplomatic and economic policies. He formed his policies on the communist morals and is till date considered as one of the defining communist revolutionary of all times.
8. Che Guevara:
Regarded as one of the most upfront communist during his period, Che Guevara played an important role during the Cuban revolution. In the later years, he also worked as a guerilla leader in South America and made dedicated efforts towards propagating communism in this part of the world. He is remembered as a hardcore communist till date.
7. Mikhail Gorbachev:
The last leader of the Union of Soviet and Socialistic Republic, Mikhail Gorbachev was the premier of from 1985 to 1991 and brought about radical changes in the ideology of the communist USSR. His policies of perestroika (restructuring) and glasnost (openness) presented USSR as power with improved ideology in front of rest of the world.
6. Ho Chi Minh:
Ho Chi Minh is regarded as the most important figures in the formation of Democratic Republic of Vietnam. He propagated the principles of communism in his three decade long rule. He was the Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist party of Vietnam for major part of his career. His relations with the communist leaders in China and USSR are well known.
5. Kim II Sung:
Kim II Sung ruled the republic of North Korea from the year 1948 to 1994. His rule of law was based on the ideals of communism and held strong bonding with numerous communist leaders of his time in different countries. Although, he was always at odds against the mighty US, he did manage to earn some praise from a few quarters around the world for his gutsy regime.
4. Mao Zedong:
Who would know more about the principles of communism than Mao Zedong, a loyal soldier, socialist and statesman of China? He raised China to new heights of glory from the deplorable condition post World War II and independence from imperial rule, gaining strength from the principles of communism. He holds an important place in the communist circles around the world till date.
Founder of the much famed Soviet era, Vladimir Lenin led the communist movement through the Soviet regions and prepared the base for the all powerful Soviet state that would go on to take control of a larger part of the world for years to come. Although, his methods had a touch of high handedness, they were too powerful to ignore.
He was among the leaders who oversaw the spread of communism in most parts of the world especially eastern Europe. Joseph Stalin was considered to be a leader of substance with an iron fist. He encountered a number of conflicts from the Western powers when he was propagating communism, but nothing could stop him from spreading his ideas to influence people.
1. Karl Marx:
Karl Henrich Marx was a Prussian–German philosopher and a very prominent leader in the socialist circles across the world that developed communist principles and introduced them in the mainstream political circles worldwide. He wrote numerous books on the concept of communism. The ‘Communist Manifesto’ and ‘Das Capital’ are famous pieces of work by him, and provide an insight into his thoughts about communism.