Haven’t you noticed that all of the top communist leaders came from upper classes of their societies and from wealthy families?
Lenin was from the nobility (his father was awarded the Order of St. Vladmir and his mother was quite rich).
Karl Marx came from a fairly rich family that owned a lot of land. His nephews founded the famous company – Philips.
Heinrich Marx, his father was a famous lawyer and Karl’s uncle was a very wealthy industrialist.
Fidel Castro’s father was a rich sugarcane farmer in Cuba.
Che Guevara’s mother was also from a famous noble family in Latin America. Che spent most of his childhood as a member of the upper class Argentinian society.
Mao Zedong’s father was among the richest farmers of Shaoshan province.
Ho Chi Minh’s father was an imperial magistrate and held enormous power.
Sitaram Yechury is a Telugu Brahmin whose father was an engineer in a Govt Dept and mother was also a Govt servant. His uncle was a Chief Secretary of AP. He married a lady who has been the chief of BBC Hindi and now is the Resident Editor of the Indian Express.
Prakash Karat, Brinda Karat, and their cotorie of Prannoy Roy, Radhika Roy, Arundhati Roy are all people from rich influential families who were able to afford education in the fabled schools in Doon, Ooty and later on in DU/JNU and abroad.
Well, interestingly none of these had to fight their way up to earn their livelihood. Things came easy as they already had a network and enough patronage from fellow communists.
Why is it that these people alone are interested in these inequalities?
One commonly accepted view is that these men got exposed to people even more richer/powerful than them. Nowhere is class order more enforced than in nobility. The upper class can note even tiny differences in their group (ordering people based on trivial things such as shoes, watches and clothes/appearance) and are far more class conscious than the poor.
While these leaders endlessly shout the oppression of the “ruling class” they carefully gloss over the fact they are from the ruling class and continue to be the ruling class. Isn’t that sheer hypocrisy? As a rule, those who are claiming to fight for the oppressed (lower caste, lower class) are unlikely to be oppressed themselves & tend to have rich fathers.
Another charitable explanation could be that these people got a chance to view oppression first hand and found this inconsistent with their college education/indoctrination. Thus, they fought to end this, or so the line that is so often repeated goes.
Communism and Socialism is a game of the rich.
As seen above, we’ve seen that almost all the big leaders came from money. Now, money is a funny product. It’s like your oxygen, or food.
When you have enough of it, you play down its importance. You think it’s no big deal. But only a hungry man who’s suffered due to a lack of it understands its value. A few of the rich people I know(from the bigger cities, I may add) are supporters of the communist ideology. You can hear them say how unimportant money is and how shallow the general public is by constantly struggling to make money.
Also, all these men generally came from recent rich class or “nouveau riche”. Established upper class often sneers at the recent nobility and this could have also been a factor in forming an inferiority complex. Thus, these men might have carefully worked to overthrow the nobles above them. Their education and connections with lower classes helped them in this pursuit.
Thus, rich people, especially those with hereditary money, often are liberals or lean further on socialism/communism axis. They are either ignorant of the importance of money or deliberately try to lock down their position of advantage. ( Remember the dinner scene in the First Class cabin in the movie Titanic)
It is often the lower middle class who are often the champions of capitalism. No one understands the importance money more than those who don’t have enough of it.
Two to three generations of Indians were subject to difficulty and penury by practicing Fabian Socialism. Finally it took near bankruptcy and an outsider(PV Narasimha Rao) to force necessary correction.
It took decades for India’s lower classes to get their voices heard after decades of getting patronized by the Indian elites – who tried to talk down to poor on the virtues of socialism. No wonder, the Indian elites cry at the top of their voices,( shouting intolerance, Award Wapsi, secularism, idea of India, and what not!) as a new leader for the lower classes took over India in 2014.
When people like Kanhaiya Kumar spoke about the powerful establishment, it is these people he should be actually referring to. The left liberal coterie in India controls most of the political parties and media groups. With their influence and thrust, they write textbooks for our kids and control the information we consume. They wear simple looking clothes with poor hairstyles and sip espresso in five star resorts talking about poverty.
The moment India got richer and internet started flowing in, their citadel came under danger. That is all the hue and cry about.
These people were able to keep the population under their grip for all these decades. Now it won’t continue .
Whatever be the view, communist leaders are predominantly from the upper class/upper caste and find a way to stay so.