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Why did communism seem to pose a threat to capitalist nations?

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chanrautina | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 30, 2011 at 10:11 AM via web

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Why did communism seem to pose a threat to capitalist nations?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 1, 2011 at 1:56 PM (Answer #1)

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Communism seemed to pose a threat to capitalist nations for two main reasons.

First, communist ideology held that communism would eventually take over the whole world and that communist countries should help to make this happen.  This made capitalist countries fear that the communist bloc was going to try to keep expanding as far as it could.  Second, the Soviet Union had a military arsenal that was very imposing.  It could have been a major threat to the US and its allies.

When you combine these, the threat seems clear.  You have an enemy whose ideology that says it will try to conquer you and which has the means to do so.  That sure sounds like a threat.

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chanrautina | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 30, 2011 at 10:19 AM (Answer #2)

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Because they couldn't open trade with them and couldn't purchase any companies of those countries.

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