A political party described as a Communist party includes those that advocate the application of the social principles of communism through a communist form of government. The name originates from the 1848 tract Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.
A Communist party is, at least according to Leninist theory, the vanguard party of the working class, whether ruling or non-ruling, but when such a party is in power in a specific country, the party is said to be the highest authority of the dictatorship of the proletariat. Lenin's theories on the role of a communist party were developed as the early 20th-century Russian social democracy divided into Bolshevik (meaning "majority") and Menshevik (meaning "minority") factions.
Vladimir Lenin, leader of the Bolsheviks, argued that a revolutionary party should be a small vanguard party with a centralized political command and a strict cadre policy; the Menshevik faction, however, argued that the party should be a broad-based mass movement. The Bolshevik party, which eventually became the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, took power in Russia after the October Revolution in 1917. With the creation of the Communist International, the Leninist concept of party building was copied by emerging communist parties worldwide.
There currently exist hundreds of communist parties throughout the world. Their success rates vary widely: some are growing; others are in decline.
The Chinese Communist Party is the world's largest political party, claiming nearly 78 million members at the end of 2009 which constitutes about 5.6% of the total population of mainland China.
Communist parties are illegal in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Indonesia, Romania and Turkey.
Other articles related to "communist party, party, communist":
... Spanish Communist Party (in Spanish Partido Comunista Español), was the first communist party in Spain, formed out of the Federación de Juventudes Socialistas (Federation ... The founders of the party, that had belonged to leftwing within FJS, included Ramón Merino Gracia, Manuel Ugarte, Pedro Illescasm Luis Portela, Tiburicio Pico and Rito Estaban ... Its organ was called El Comunista (The Communist) ...
... The journal published articles by Miura Tsutomu, who had been expelled from the Communist Party after the critique of Stalin, his disciple Takimura Ryuichi, Nango Tsugumasa, and others ... a positive theoretical discourse in the midst of the collapse of the Communist Party's heroic status and splits in the new left ... theory of the arts in the face of criticisms of the Communist Party and sectarian literary theories, emphasizing the aesthetics of language and psychological phenomena, and The Common Illusion, which emphasized ...
... The leader of the Communist Party publicly presented a global strategic assessment to periodic Communist Party Congresses ... Another similarity was that the Communist Party leader chaired a defense council or main military committee and in these capacities attended peacetime military ... carry great prestige and have high rank in the Communist Party ...
... The idea of an autonomous Vojvodina was also accepted by the communist party, and after occupation of Vojvodina by the Axis Powers in 1941, the communist party and its partisan resistance ... The aim of this struggle, as it was presented by the communist party, was a future autonomous Vojvodina in which all ethnic groups would be equal ... abolish the autonomy of Vojvodina the Vojvodina's Party presented a message "the Republic of Vojvodina" in Novi Sad ...
... A uniform naming scheme for communist parties was adopted by the Communist International ... All parties were required to use the name 'Communist Party of (name of country)' ... Today, there are plenty of cases where the old sections of the Communist International have retained those names ...
Famous quotes containing the words party and/or communist:
“Fiddle-dee-dee! War, war, war. This war talks spoiling all the fun at every party this spring. I get so bored I could scream. Besides, there isnt going to be any war.”
—Sidney Howard (18911939)
“In communist society, where nobody has one exclusive sphere of activity but each can become accomplished in any branch he wishes, society regulates the general production and thus makes it possible for me to do one thing today and another tomorrow, to hunt in the morning, fish in the afternoon, rear cattle in the evening, criticize after dinner, just as I have a mind, without ever becoming hunter, fisherman, shepherd or critic.”
—Karl Marx (18181883)