After World War Two, the US became an economic superpower with global influence in political, military, cultural, and technological affairs. This growth intensified the fight for economic justice and civil rights, which aligned with the communist theory. This group gained popularity because of its growing membership, ideology, and funds from the Soviet Union (Evans & Kelley, 2017). However, other factors such as Truman’s doctrine, including the containment rule and the second red scare, played a role in containing the spread of communism in the US. Therefore, this essay describes the factors that promoted the rise of communism, what hindered its growth, and the biblical perception of resistance to this movement.
The Rise of Communism After World War Two
The communist party gained popularity as a proactive movement in the struggle for democratic rights. For instance, the party championed the elimination of the wage gap experienced and equal rights to eliminate white supremacy. Many people were drawn by the communist ideology through such campaigns, creating a massive membership that helped strengthen the union (Evans & Kelley, 2017). The main aim of this party was to overthrow the capitalist movement who were the government by inciting the various civil right movements. Furthermore, their activities, such as fighting for equal rights, created international attention to the faults of the US government, such as supporting desegregation (Evans & Kelley, 2017). Therefore, the massive support from the public communists served as a significant threat to the capitalist government, promoting their longevity in the US political arena.
The communist party received financial aid from the leftists globally and the communist party of the Soviet Union, who helped sustain their operations in the US (Evans & Kelley, 2017). As a result, they operated as an organized movement with great military support, economic strength, and political influence. With these resources, they rallied to the defense of the communist theory, which included eliminating the social-economic class where everyone would benefit from labor profits.
Factors that Hindered the Growth of Communism in the US
President Harry Truman saw the threat the communist movement posed to the united states, such as a possible coup, and devised a strategy to curb its spread. His strategy to eradicate this movement was the most significant influence that prevented the growth of communism in the US (Evans & Kelley, 2017). First, he introduced Truman’s doctrine encompassing various strategies such as the containment rule and the second red scare. The containment measure was a redefined policy intended to support people who resisted the attempted subjugation by the communist movement (Evans & Kelley, 2017). In addition, Truman promised that the US would support nations that resisted the communist order through financial support to strengthen their economy.
The following intervention was the most successful because it led to the end of communism in the US. The second red scare was a counteractive strategy used to promote fear among the communist loyalties by sacking them in jobs, barring them from public places, and prosecuting communist defenders who protested on the streets (Evans & Kelley, 2017). With time, the membership of this team significantly declined due to the ill-treatment of loyalties rendering it powerless and unable to push the global agenda leading to its end (Evans & Kelley, 2017). Furthermore, Truman’s decision to support capitalism aligns with the biblical perception of work in 2nd Thessalonians 3:10, which says that if anyone does not work, they should not partake of its profits (Thiselton, 2020). Therefore, many people and nations who had earlier supported communism withdrew their support following Truman’s directive and actions, contributing to its fall in the US.
After World War Two, American prosperity increased, which triggered the fight for equality leading to the growth of the communist movement. Various systems supported communism, including its radical influence and financial aid from other countries. However, Truman’s counteractive interventions, such as the second red scare, led to its failure. It was due to President Truman’s ultimate decision to support capitalism that communist was finally eliminated in the United States.
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