One major difference between communist ideology and communism on theground is that the state never withers away, as it says that the state should eventually do
It starts as a transitional period, a period that is necessary to ensure that all policies areimplemented in favor of the revolution.
However, to employ this ideology on a people,centralization becomes the key, the centralization of power and property, all to the state.The state in turn controls everything - economic, social, and political. This remains a backbone of communism, consolidation of power to one person, where every decisioncomes from the top. After a certain amount of time, when the state can run itself, theconstraints are let go, thereby creating a utopian society. The problem in Eastern andCentral Europe is that this “withering” away never comes to pass. The brutality andoppression in these countries after WWII and the implementation of communism washorrific. What kind of utopian society can come from this kind of tyranny? The peopleat the beginning were probably grateful. Grateful to be liberated from fascism, grateful to be out from under the boot of Hitler, but little did they know that they soon would befaced with the incredible tyranny of Joseph Stalin. The people slowly figured out thatthey were not much better under communism as they were under fascism. As Milosz putsit, “he finds he acquires new habits quickly. Once, had he stumbled upon a corpse on thestreet, he would have called the police. A crowd would have gathered, and much talk andcomment would have ensued. Now he knows he must avoid the dark body lying in thegutter, and refrain from asking unnecessary questions. The man who fired the gun musthave had his reasons; he might well have been executing an Underground sentence(Milosz p. 27).” He goes on to talk about how the man from the East starts to lose allrecollection of what it was like before the “Party” rule, where dealing with someone who2