Communism and Capitalism have long stood at opposite poles, so naturally the driving force of this war was the clash of these two ideologies. Even though communism’s core belief’s conflict with that of capitalism; and although America has always been weary of communism, but it wasn’t until disagreements over Eastern Europe formation, that the stark realization came to light, that arguably America and its western allies traded one evil for another. “Stalin’s post war goals were security for himself, his regime, his country, and his ideology, in precisely that order”; 1 it was due to the aggression of Germany over the past fifty years that had Stalin worried. While arguably America argued that it fought for democracy and the freedom of the people, and post war, only wished to advocate democracy and free trade amongst Eastern Europe.2 Although following vehemently the teachings of Lenin, and to a lesser extent Marx, was the Soviets belief that Capitalism and Communism couldn’t peacefully co-exist; or was it the advocation of America’s democratic society based on free trade and human rights,...
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...al product to military spending,7 trying to keep up with Americas exorbitant economy and defense budget.
In summary, the cold war was very costly for mankind, and in many ways we are still feeling the effects today, economically and militarily. It left us with massive amounts of nuclear weapons, gave inspiration and drive for our journey into space, and left us with military alliances with no apparent threat. Capitalism vs. Communism, the clash of ideologies whose views interfered with each other, isn’t as present as it was before, but not due to America winning or the Soviet Union losing, it was due to the inability of the economy of the U.S.S.R to match the spending of the United States and ended with communism embracing some capitalist policies into their ideology and developed stable, if not cool relations between America and the successor to the U.S.S.R, Russia.
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