Communism, in political and social sciences, is a social, political, and economic ideology and movement whose ultimate goal is the establishment of the communist society, which is a socioeconomic order structured upon the common ownership of the means of production and the absence of social classes, money, and the state. Communism includes a variety of schools of thought, which broadly include Marxism, anarchism, and the political ideologies grouped around both..
Marxism–Leninism holds that religion is the opium of the people, in the sense of promoting passive acceptance of suffering on Earth in the hope of eternal reward. Therefore, Marxism–Leninism advocates the abolition of religion and the acceptance of atheism.
- The Communist Manifesto is a book by Karl Marx that Sister M. Fiorello uses in her Political Science courses (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies, 45). "Shabby, cheaply bound, 25¢ editions" of the book were hidden under a pile of copies of Lithography Made Easy, while a stack of shabby, cheaply bound, 75¢ editions of the book are prominently displayed near the entrance of the Notre Dame Bookstore (Scholastic: "the beginning: a little too much about the author").
- Atheistic Communism was a subject once taught by the Question Box moderator, revealed to Sister Fiorello (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies, 45).
- During Vatican III, an elderly American bishop gave an hour-long "harangue against godless Communism" after mistaking a discussion about the Baltimore Catechism as news of a nuclear cataclysm in Baltimore (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies, 93).