Which of the following things do Marxists believe?
1. Economics should be planned and regulated by the state.
2. The principles of the free market should be promoted.
3. International economic agencies should regulate world trade.
4. Government intervention in an economy should be kept to a minimum.
5. Radical reform should be used to correct the abuse sof capitalism.
6. The right of indiviuals to own property should be protected.
7. The rights of the collective should be preserved at all costs.
The beliefs that are consistent with the ideas of Marxist-Leninists are
A. Beliefs 2,3 and 6
B. Beliefs 1,5 and 7
C. Beliefs 2,4 and 7
D. Beliefs 4,5 and 6
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Marxists believe that capitalism is an inherently exploitative system. They believe that capitalists, if left to do what they want to do, will abuse their workers and will essentially take the wealth created by the workers and keep it for themselves. They believe that capitalists will act in ways that will help themselves and hurt society. For this reason, they believe that economies must be closely regulated by the government. A government-run economy will, they say, work for the benefit of the collective (of all the people) rather than for the benefit of a very few.
Once you understand this, you should see that B is the correct answer. These statements are the ones that reflect the idea that the government must run the economy for the benefit of the collective population.
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