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The Communist Manifesto ➶ [Read] ➲ The Communist Manifesto By Karl Marx ➾ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk A rousing call to arms whose influence is still felt todayOriginally published on the eve of the European revolutions, The Communist Manifesto is a condensed and incisive account of the worldview Mar A rousing call to arms whose influence is still felt todayoriginally published on The Communist PDF/EPUB or the eve of theEuropean revolutions, The Communist Manifesto is a condensed and incisive account of the worldview Marx and Engels developed during their hectic intellectual and political collaboration Formulating the principles of dialectical materialism, they believed that labor creates wealth, hence capitalism is exploitive and antithetical to freedomThis new edition includes an extensive introduction by Gareth Stedman Jones, Britain s leading expert on Marx and Marxism, providing a complete course for students of The Communist Manifesto, and demonstrating not only the historical importance of the text, but also its place in the world todayFor than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world With than , titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up to date translations by award winning translators.

    The Communist Manifesto PDF/EPUB Ã The Communist Formulating the principles of dialectical materialism, they believed that labor creates wealth, hence capitalism is exploitive and antithetical to freedomThis new edition includes an extensive introduction by Gareth Stedman Jones, Britain s leading expert on Marx and Marxism, providing a complete course for students of The Communist Manifesto, and demonstrating not only the historical importance of the text, but also its place in the world todayFor than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world With than , titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up to date translations by award winning translators."/>
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About the Author: Karl Marx

Karl Marx, PhD University of Jena, was a social scientist who was The Communist PDF/EPUB or a key contributor to the development of Communist theoryDescended from a long line of rabbis, Marx born in Prussian Rhineland His father converted to Protestantism shortly before Karl s birth Educated at the Universities of Bonn, Jena, and Berlin, Marx founded the Socialist newspaper Vorwarts in in Paris After being expelled from France at the urging of the Prussian government, which banished Marx in absentia, Marx studied economics in Brussels He and Engels founded the Communist League in and published the Communist Manifesto After the failed revolution of in Germany, in which Marx participated, he eventually wound up in London Marx worked as foreign correspondent for several US publications His Das Kapital came out in three volumes , and Marx organized the International and helped found the Social Democratic Party of Germany Although Marx was not religious, Bertrand Russell later remarked, His belief that there is a cosmic force called Dialectical Materialism which governs human history independently of human volitions, is mere mythology Portraits from Memory, Marx once quipped, All I know is that I am not a Marxist according to Engels in a letter to C Schmidt see Who s Who in Hell by Warren Allen Smith D Marx began co operating with Bruno Bauer on editing Hegel s Philosophy of Religion in Marx was also engaged in writing his doctoral thesis, The Difference Between the Democritean and Epicurean Philosophy of Nature, which he completed in It was described as a daring and original piece of work in which Marx set out to show that theology must yield to the superior wisdom of philosophy the essay was controversial, particularly among the conservative professors at the University of Berlin Marx decided, instead, to submit his thesis to theliberal University of Jena, whose faculty awarded him his PhD in April As Marx and Bauer were both atheists, in March they began plans for a journal entitled Archiv des Atheismus Atheistic Archives , but it never came to fruitionMarx has been described as one of the most influential figures in human history Marx is typically cited, with mile Durkheim and Max Weber, as one of the three principal architects of modern social scienceMore.



10 thoughts on “The Communist Manifesto

  1. Jeremy Jeremy says:

    Long overdue update 2013 I read this book five years ago and in almost every respect, I have mellowed considerably.You can read my review below It s unchanged You can read the comments below that Also unchanged.I never seriously expected anyone to read this review, much less love or hate it so strongly I am not apologizing for my view of the book or Marx He put his entire life into this slender and influential book, and I respect that I understand a bitabout where he was coming fr Long overdue update 2013 I read this book five years ago and in almost every respect, I have mellowed considerably.You can read my review below It s unchanged You can read the comments below that Also unchanged.I never seriously expected anyone to read this review, much less love or hate it so strongly I am not apologizing for my view of the book or Marx He put his entire life into this slender and influential book, and I respect that I understand a bitabout where he was coming from historically, and it doesn t seem as inherently ridiculous as I might have claimed five years ago But I still largely stand by my original take on it What Marx predicts is an oppressive totalitarian regime which would be able to commit all kinds of human rights abuses far too easily I m not OK with that And I don t think it works from a philosophical point of view, mainly because I think it neglects the realities of human nature I think free market capitalism does the exact same thing, though the end results are different Or are they It s funny People commenting here seem to think I m a proponent of free market capitalism I do consider myself a capitalist, but not of the lassiez faire varietyits track record is poor as far as I m concerned I m not Whereas on other posts and comment threads on this same site I ve been accused of being a socialist Now that s funny AnywayDisclaimer I read this book with a heavy bias against Marxist thought That being said, I like to think of myself as a logical person so I have framed my thoughts as logically as possible instead of in the Communists are bad They just are line of reasoning That being saidThe spectre of Communism is still haunting the worldit has died.Suffice it to say that I was sorely disappointed with Marx s argument So much so that I fail to believe that anyone over the age of twenty one could take him seriously even on a theoretical basis Perhaps a century and a half of perspective is to blame Maybe I m missing a dimension of Marx s argument It could simply be that the manifesto is a by product of the industrial revolution that looks quite silly in post industrial America.Summing up Marx in two sentences Class struggle is the defining injustice and condition of human society We, the proletariat, must rise up through a violent and sudden revolution and overthrow our capitalist oppressors.Let me get this straight We re going to overcome class struggle by perpetrating a class war against the bourgoisie If a major goal of communism is to eradicate social classes, why does it temporarily aim to establish the proletariat as the ruling class Oh right Becauase once the proletariat gains power it will someday voluntarily abdicate said power for the greater good of society As Mugatu said about Zoolander when he points out that all of the latter s looks are actually the same I feel like I m taking crazy pills It makes little rational sense.Now ontospecific arguments regarding Marx s generally applicable measures that must be established by the proletariat after the violent overthrow of capitalism It s pretty scary, actually.No ownership of land, a heavy income tax, no rights of inheritance, seizure of all property from rebels whatever that meanspresumably political enemies and emigrants, centralized credit and capital in the hands of the state, state ownership of the means of transportation and communication, establishment of industrial armies , equitable distribution of the populace in town and country, and an abolition of child labor with concurrent establishment of public education actually that last point I agree with.Such a strategy will ALWAYS lead to a totalitarian government that needlessly and wantonly causes suffering and economic hardship for the vast majority of its citizens.I have yet to hear anybody move beyond theoretical praise of Marxism Even the most ardent supporters will be forced to conclude that in real life the Marxist state is not preferred over the capitalist state because there is still an inequitible division of power between the ruling class and the common man And the evil capitalism that they rail against is actually the governmental imperialism of capitalist states, not the economic structure of said state.The argument against capitalism is too much capital in the hands of too few But Marxism advocates all capital be concentrated in the hands of a totalitarian regime that gives too little to the vast majority

  2. Jason Jason says:

    Read this and understand why your imperialist capitalist government spent the better part of a century playing hot potato with ICBMs, invading and incinerating peaceful, peasant countries, and making your mom and dad piss themselves under school desks The elite were scared shitless and by no means would they allow their slaves, errr labor force, a fraction of freedom or equality or means to resist The 60 year propaganda campaign against Communism and the virtual disappearance of strong labor u Read this and understand why your imperialist capitalist government spent the better part of a century playing hot potato with ICBMs, invading and incinerating peaceful, peasant countries, and making your mom and dad piss themselves under school desks The elite were scared shitless and by no means would they allow their slaves, errr labor force, a fraction of freedom or equality or means to resist The 60 year propaganda campaign against Communism and the virtual disappearance of strong labor unions prove this.Marx is downright bold in his call for the FORCIBLE OVERTHROW OF ALL EXISTING SOCIAL CONDITIONS In fact, the Manifesto is a flat out demand that you go out and set shit on fire, and that s cool enough for me.Of course, Marxism is flawed because any prick with enough power will undoubtedly exploit the little guy bla bla blaThe point is maybe there is a better system based on real freedom instead of free trade

  3. Sean Barrs Sean Barrs says:

    Communism doesn t work Its ideals are perfectly understandable, justifiable even, but the way it seeks to attain them, that s just terrible In reality communist policy falls apart or isn t fully followed The driving force is to achieve a classless rather than class based society Sounds good on paper doesn t it But in order to achieve such a thing, the manifesto proposes a revolution that will wipe out private property This isthan following the march of history Mankind has seen count Communism doesn t work Its ideals are perfectly understandable, justifiable even, but the way it seeks to attain them, that s just terrible In reality communist policy falls apart or isn t fully followed The driving force is to achieve a classless rather than class based society Sounds good on paper doesn t it But in order to achieve such a thing, the manifesto proposes a revolution that will wipe out private property This isthan following the march of history Mankind has seen countless revolutions that have failed The Bourgeois ruling class is replaced by the Proletariats working class which then go on to form a new ruling class The difference with communism, and why it will apparently succeed, is that the new rising class will destroy ownership thus, the cycle has been broken there will no longer be any class divides But what s left A power vacuum and a new means to createwealth and ownership Then surely the system just begins anew Surely people just belong to the government evenso than before Then there s the total lack of proof There are huge statements in this, huge sweeping statements, that suggest that worldwide communism will end all wars Isn t that slightly na ve What s to stop two opposing communist nations fighting over natural resources or land Nothing Communism isn t the answer to the world s problems And besides, the manifesto initially advocates war to create a temporary class What kind of political party overtly advocates war, death and human suffering It speaks of blood spilt over the ages, wasted blood, and then goes on to propose the shedding ofIsn t this just a little hypocritical Sure, some extremists may deem that a necessary cost, but it s just another form of corruption Communism opposes the capitalist world on the idea that wealth is concentrated in the upper reaches of society That s true Capitalism, obviously, has many flaws, but that s beside the point Communist rulers seek to grasp that wealth for the good of their people What do they then do with it They wage war, covertly or overtly, on the capitalist world and watch as their people starve But that doesn t matter, right As long as communism spreads.This is a most interesting read And whist I obviously take issue with the politics, I m glad I read it This is a product of history, one that should be read and understood by all Penguin Little Black Classic 20 The Little Black Classic Collection by penguin looks like it contains lots of hidden gems I couldn t help it they looked so good that I went and bought them all I shall post a short review after reading each one No doubt it will take me several months to get through all of them Hopefully I will find some classic authors, from across the ages, that I may not have come across had I not bought this collection

  4. Always Pouting Always Pouting says:

    I finally read this even though someone gave it to me forever ago I think the ideas are interesting but I think this functionsinto explaining communist ideology in that historical period and for explaining the positioning in regards to other groups I would rather readabout the idea of history as class struggle but expanded upon which seems like it could be an interesting framework or the themes of the inherent instability of capitalism that was being argued for I don t think I hav I finally read this even though someone gave it to me forever ago I think the ideas are interesting but I think this functionsinto explaining communist ideology in that historical period and for explaining the positioning in regards to other groups I would rather readabout the idea of history as class struggle but expanded upon which seems like it could be an interesting framework or the themes of the inherent instability of capitalism that was being argued for I don t think I have the capacity to read Capital right now though I also read this because someone told me if I didn t read it I wouldn t understand Marx s ideas but I m pretty sure I had the grasp of them without this and this just supports my hypothesis that really I should never have to read source materials when I can just read summaries

  5. Darwin8u Darwin8u says:

    Political power, properly so called, is merely the organised power of one class for oppressing anotherKarl Marx, The Communist ManifestoVol 20 of my Penguin Little Black Classics Box Set To be clear, I m not giving this 5 stars because I m a Communist just waiting start a revolution not that I m against a good revolution here or there I do come from a religious tradition that experimented in the 1800s with ideas of consecration and communalism They called it the United Order Even witPolitical power, properly so called, is merely the organised power of one class for oppressing anotherKarl Marx, The Communist ManifestoVol 20 of my Penguin Little Black Classics Box Set To be clear, I m not giving this 5 stars because I m a Communist just waiting start a revolution not that I m against a good revolution here or there I do come from a religious tradition that experimented in the 1800s with ideas of consecration and communalism They called it the United Order Even with a charismatic leader and the hope of Zion, it was a failed experiment As an economic system, I think there are serious flaws built into Marxism Communism or any of the isms that derived from Marx and Engles ideas That said, there are also SERIOUS flaws with Capitalism, Christianism, etc I think the idea that there is one perfect economic dogma for all levels and all people and all societies is a bit naive Anyway, I m giving this 5 stars because it is a helluva tract It, obviously, lit a fire that spread quickly through Europe, Asia, etc Love it or hate it, we are all living in a world that has been marked by Marx Personally, I dig Das KapitalI LOVE Marxist theory waythan Marxist practice My wife and I DID have a cat in college named Marx

  6. Barry Pierce Barry Pierce says:

    What can I say Marx was right Almost.

  7. Traveller Traveller says:

    This tract by Marx and Engels is too enormous in implication to review fully in the small little space that GR allows, so what I ll do for now is take extracts from it and comment on them, piece by piece.Per the MaifestoAbolition of the family Even the most radical flare up at this infamous proposal of the Communists On what foundation is the present family, the bourgeois family, based On capital, on private gain In its completely developed form this family exists only among the bourgeois This tract by Marx and Engels is too enormous in implication to review fully in the small little space that GR allows, so what I ll do for now is take extracts from it and comment on them, piece by piece.Per the MaifestoAbolition of the family Even the most radical flare up at this infamous proposal of the Communists On what foundation is the present family, the bourgeois family, based On capital, on private gain In its completely developed form this family exists only among the bourgeoisie But this state of things finds its complement in the practical absence of the family among the proletarians, and in public prostitution The bourgeois family will vanish as a matter of course when its complement vanishes, and both will vanish with the vanishing of capital Do you charge us with wanting to stop the exploitation of children by their parents To this crime we plead guilty But, you will say, we destroy the most hallowed of relations, when we replace home education by social And your education Is not that also social, and determined by the social conditions under which you educate, by the intervention, direct or indirect, of society, by means of schools, etc The Communists have not invented the intervention of society in education they do but seek to alter the character of that intervention, and to rescue education from the influence of the ruling class The bourgeois clap trap about the family and education, about the hallowed co relation of parent and child, becomes all thedisgusting, the , by the action of Modern Industry, all family ties among the proletarians are torn asunder, and their children transformed into simple articles of commerce and instruments of labour Marx and Engels are here addressing a snapshot in time of European history I don t have much knowledge of conditions during the industrial revolution in the rest of Europe, but have researched the situation relatively extensively as it was in Britain, as a background to a lot of criticism that was launched against the status quo by a lot of Victorian writers of fiction.In the feudal system, labor did not remove laborers from their families at all, in fact, it rather strengthened family ties since most of what can be seen as the proletariat of feudal times, were indebted laborers on the fiefdom of their feudal lord.So, the only labor which compromised the family situation, was the kind of labor done by men, women and children in mines and factories during the industrial revolution, from around 1750 to the early 1900 s If you read up on reforms in Britain, you will see that by about 1831, public outcries against child labor and the conditions that adults and children were made to work under in mines, caused public commissions to be instituted by government, which started a slow and gradual reform of conditions via legislation, to the point that all kinds of laborers are pretty well protected and well represented at the present day.Ironically, the big bad fat cats these days are not the kind that deal with direct labor, but rather the type who deal in with secondary products like financial products and services By services we do not mean of the labour kind that Marx addressed Marx was addressing the kind of workers who were exploited in mines and factories Note that the industrial revolution, although it started off bringing such untold misery to so many, also had the following effect average income and population began to exhibit unprecedented sustained growth In the two centuries following 1800, the world s average per capita income increased over tenfold, while the world s population increased over sixfold Finally it was within the grasp of those born outside of nobility to make a decent living for themselves A lot of workplace reform has taken place since the IR started. and not through rabble rousers like Marx, but because people with a conscience raised their voices and cried out against the injustices being done by capitalists against fellow human beings Authors like Charles Dickens, for instance, and Victor Hugo, helped to encourage the privileged to look upon their less fortunate brethren with greater sympathy, and to call for social reform in the name of conscience.so, Karl Marx is being a great opportunist here At a time when history and society is in great flux and inner revolution, when a new era is dawning and social conscience still needs to become cognizant of the suffering of some of the members of society, Karl Marx exploits the situation, ironically by making use of the exploitation by one element of society, of another.It is the poor and the ignorant that is being exploited, and Karl Marx exploits their helplessness, ignorance and gullibility to shout for revolution instead of evolution Marx and Engels call for violence where no violence is necessary, because peaceful change was already taking place in any case.Per the manifesto But you Communists would introduce community of women, screams the whole bourgeoisie in chorus The bourgeois sees in his wife a mere instrument of production He hears that the instruments of production are to be exploited in common, and, naturally, can come to no other conclusion than that the lot of being common to all will likewise fall to the women He has not even a suspicion that the real point is to do away with the status of women as mere instruments of production For the rest, nothing isridiculous than the virtuous indignation of our bourgeois at the community of women which, they pretend, is to be openly and officially established by the Communists The Communists have no need to introduce community of women it has existed almost from time immemorial Our bourgeois, not content with having the wives and daughters of their proletarians at their disposal, not to speak of common prostitutes, take the greatest pleasure in seducing each other s wives Bourgeois marriage is in reality a system of wives in common and thus, at the most, what the Communists might possibly be reproached with, is that they desire to introduce, in substitution for a hypocritically concealed, an openly legalised community of women For the rest, it is self evident that the abolition of the present system of production must bring with it the abolition of the community of women springing from that system, i.e., of prostitution both public and private.The implication is obvious According to the authors, the implication is that marriage is a bourgeois, patriarchal institution for the exploitation of women, a form of prostitution You would think that anybody who is even in the slightest familiar with history, would be able to see immediately how fallacious and false such an accusation is, since marriage is a social institution that evolved gradually over many centuries, but has always been something that protected rather than exploited women Remember, for centuries and centuries, women had no recourse save sexual abstinence for which the best path was to become a nun against falling pregnant Women had exactly three choices Be a prostitute, be a nun, or have the protection of marriage, where you could at least have the privilege of raising your children in a protected environment, and in which the father of the child had the responsibility to care for the children and their mother on a material level.It is only through birth control, which we at last have 99% effective technology for, that woman is emancipated from the hearth and can take her place next to males as a fully economically productive partner, since she doesn t have to be tied down in a perpetual cycle of pregnancy, childbirth and nursing any.This has nothing to do with the bourgeoisie except that it was people out of the horrible, terrible ranks of those dastardly bourgeoisie, that modern medicine was developed, modern medicine, which keeps child and maternal mortality at bay, has brought better health to people of all walks and stations in life, and has given us the technology to be able to choose when we do or don t have children.except if you let The Pope tell you, of course.I have an overwhelming feeling that Marx was simply exploiting women s emancipation movements to gainsupporters for Communism, when he says the following He has not even a suspicion that the real point is to do away with the status of women as mere instruments of productionYes, women were being marginalized, but by the fact that we were excluded from property holding rights something Marx scorns in any case and from having an equal right to vote something else which he scorns too.Let s analyze this carefully How are bourgeois males exploiting women by marrying them..by having sex with them and expecting of them to have children..but it is usually women who want children in the first place Certainly, in feudal times, children sons were deemed an essential item for males to acquire in order to continue the family line, but, since the human species would discontinue should women stop having children, calling it an exploitation of women by men sounds like a rather strange, roundabout way of putting things.Certainly in the time that capitalism has steadfastly taken root, children have become reallyof a liability financially speaking, than a prizeand calling a married womanof a prostitute than an unmarried woman would be, who will still be used for sex, just this time by the entire mob instead of her husband, unless the married woman decides to swing which will be HER decision to cuckold her husband unless they both agree to swing just sounds a bit crazy.In fact, if you think about it, it is Marx who is making the implication that women are mere objects, property to be owned like cows or camels, by suggesting that they will be seen as fair game community of women , as he puts it, having a similar meaning to community of property under Communist rule.I just can t help finding his attitude massively patronizing and insulting, both towards men and women, as much as I decry the patriarchy of the past, because Marx himself is speaking with the very voice of patriarchy and sexism that he supposedly decries He speaks their language, the language of the white, supremacist patriarchal master.Also from the manifestoThe education of all children,from the moment that they can get along without a mother s care, shall be in state institutions at state expense and our children must be taken away from us and brought up in some state institution See Communist Party Education Workers Congress, Communist quotesWe must create out of the younger generation a generation of Communists We must turn children, who can be shaped like wax, into real, good Communists We must remove the children from the crude influence of their families We must take them over and, to speak frankly, nationalize them From the first days of their lives they will be under the healthy influence of Communist children s nurseries and schools There they will grow up to be real Communists.It is generally accepted knowledge that institutionalized care away from any sort of notion of family, is psychologically unhealthy for children.See Marx wants to pull down the very fabric of society, to the point of removing even the notion of family to remove from children the prerogative of having your own mother and father, of having brothers and sisters, and instead, humans must become cogs in the wheel of Communism, mindless automatons who have no individuality, no sense of self.No thanks, I don t buy into the hive mind insect think This review is a work in progress, soto follow soon.EDIT Dear reader, if you feel you need to comment, please take the time to read the discussion thread below first these issues and evenregarding Marxism, Communism, etc, are discussed EXTENSIVELY in the comment thread below, and I fear that comments are starting to become repetitive, with clear indications that commentors are not bothering to check if their arguments might already have been discussed a few times over Unfortunately all that is discussed cannot be worked into the review itself, since GR limits review space, and this is a HUGE subject.I d also like to mention that I am absolutely to a large extent a fan of Socialism in general and a great fan of the Scandinavian mixed system What I am criticizing in this review, is specifically this document, The Communist Manifesto , and not Socialism itself.I promise to make time soon to workof the discussions into the review itself, but some very well read and intelligent Marxian apologists have commented, so it might be worth your time to read the discussions in any case.Thanks

  8. J.G. Keely J.G. Keely says:

    It is an error to assume that the problem with humanity is an inability to recognize our own problems While it s true that we constantly look outside for answers, this is just because we are unhappy with the answers we have We know that success requires hard work and knowledge, but we want something easier We will accept an easier answer even when it isn t true We are not motivated by what is true or likely, but by frightening or enticing stories.We are driven away from the necessary and the It is an error to assume that the problem with humanity is an inability to recognize our own problems While it s true that we constantly look outside for answers, this is just because we are unhappy with the answers we have We know that success requires hard work and knowledge, but we want something easier We will accept an easier answer even when it isn t true We are not motivated by what is true or likely, but by frightening or enticing stories.We are driven away from the necessary and the difficult by our inadequacies and fears, and so rarely move ourselves any closer to fulfillment In a perversity of justice, those who do achieve the things which we imagine would fulfill us wealth, fame, beauty, genius are nofulfilled than the average man, and just as beset by inadequacy and fear Often,so.Transhumanism represents a hope that we can escape this pattern of ignorance and self destruction but only by escaping the human bodies and minds that cannot control themselves.The Manifesto always seemed littlethan a sad reminder of our failings, though it did motivate people and provided a test of the mettle of humanity Beyond that, it doesto rile than to increase understanding of the economy and our role within it It is sad that a work which is at least based on some worthwhile principles falls to the same simple fears and ideals that plague our everyday lives.The manifesto tries to take all of the economic theory of its authors and create from it a story that will excite the common man They did not expect that most of them would pick up Das Kapital and start really thinking about their role in things It was enough to engage their greed and sense of injustice without intruding much on their understanding.The average man does not want to understand, he would prefer to believe It is unfortunate that the main effect proven by the Communist movement is that any and every political system simply shifts wealth and power from one group to another, and little aids the serf or the unlucky.We Americans are in little position to stand over the failure of Communism , since democracy has not proven any kinder to mankind, nor can it deliver justice equally to the poor and the rich

  9. Rachel Rachel says:

    One word review disgusting There is so much I could say, and there isn t the space to say it in a review Where do I even begin For starters, the book began on a whining note There were basically two main thrusts first that free trade was so unfair to the poor proletariat second, that the communistic movement had only the interests of the proletariat at heart It was unhindered by nationality or any other interests and existed solely to make the working class successful.What started out One word review disgusting There is so much I could say, and there isn t the space to say it in a review Where do I even begin For starters, the book began on a whining note There were basically two main thrusts first that free trade was so unfair to the poor proletariat second, that the communistic movement had only the interests of the proletariat at heart It was unhindered by nationality or any other interests and existed solely to make the working class successful.What started out as a whining tirade coming from a man who obviously wanted to abolish free trade because it did not suit him as he wished, ended with an abolition of family, home education, patriotism, and marriage.Little sins like self centeredness, sloth, and greediness, if not repented of can lead the heart to seek justification on its own The heart tries to justify itself before the cries of conscience by rationalizing and eventually developing a system consistent with itself and you end up with Sartre, Nietzsche, or Marx with ideas to make you shudder The charges against Communism made from a religious, a philosophical, and generally, from an ideological standpoint are not deserving of a serious examination That was literally the only thing said to those objections Seriously I came away with a lot of observations, but three were especially notable Marx hoped that social change would change man s heart environmental determinism.The State the proletariat as an organized ruling classThe abolition of private property was number one on Marx s hit list.The ending note is one of the reasons I think Communism has such an appeal It offers purpose, hope, and excitement This is the only thing I sympathized with somewhat in the whole thing I am afraid that Christians have held out an impotent, limp, and emasculated truncation of Christianity for too long The human heart longs for a higher purpose, a kingdom, a cause Christ Jesus, King of Kings and Lord of Lords is the answer, not communism The Communists disdain to conceal their views and aims They openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communistic revolution The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains They have a world to win WORKING MEN OF ALL COUNTRIES, UNITE And so ends a despicable document

  10. Xio Xio says:

    Its awful fun to grow up marxist in the US You get to go to meetings where you, as a kid, soon realize there s no point in paying attention so off you go with the other rowdy tots into the ghetto to make trouble with whatever you find to hand.And you get to read this novella and if you re bored and underchallenged but over bothered you can begin to argue against american capitalist imperialism and the growth of consumerist doctrine using your new found propaganda skills til you bait a teacher i Its awful fun to grow up marxist in the US You get to go to meetings where you, as a kid, soon realize there s no point in paying attention so off you go with the other rowdy tots into the ghetto to make trouble with whatever you find to hand.And you get to read this novella and if you re bored and underchallenged but over bothered you can begin to argue against american capitalist imperialism and the growth of consumerist doctrine using your new found propaganda skills til you bait a teacher into telling you to move to Russia if you like that stuff so much true story

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10 thoughts on “The Communist Manifesto

  1. Jeremy Jeremy says:

    Long overdue update 2013 I read this book five years ago and in almost every respect, I have mellowed considerably.You can read my review below It s unchanged You can read the comments below that Also unchanged.I never seriously expected anyone to read this review, much less love or hate it so strongly I am not apologizing for my view of the book or Marx He put his entire life into this slender and influential book, and I respect that I understand a bitabout where he was coming fr Long overdue update 2013 I read this book five years ago and in almost every respect, I have mellowed considerably.You can read my review below It s unchanged You can read the comments below that Also unchanged.I never seriously expected anyone to read this review, much less love or hate it so strongly I am not apologizing for my view of the book or Marx He put his entire life into this slender and influential book, and I respect that I understand a bitabout where he was coming from historically, and it doesn t seem as inherently ridiculous as I might have claimed five years ago But I still largely stand by my original take on it What Marx predicts is an oppressive totalitarian regime which would be able to commit all kinds of human rights abuses far too easily I m not OK with that And I don t think it works from a philosophical point of view, mainly because I think it neglects the realities of human nature I think free market capitalism does the exact same thing, though the end results are different Or are they It s funny People commenting here seem to think I m a proponent of free market capitalism I do consider myself a capitalist, but not of the lassiez faire varietyits track record is poor as far as I m concerned I m not Whereas on other posts and comment threads on this same site I ve been accused of being a socialist Now that s funny AnywayDisclaimer I read this book with a heavy bias against Marxist thought That being said, I like to think of myself as a logical person so I have framed my thoughts as logically as possible instead of in the Communists are bad They just are line of reasoning That being saidThe spectre of Communism is still haunting the worldit has died.Suffice it to say that I was sorely disappointed with Marx s argument So much so that I fail to believe that anyone over the age of twenty one could take him seriously even on a theoretical basis Perhaps a century and a half of perspective is to blame Maybe I m missing a dimension of Marx s argument It could simply be that the manifesto is a by product of the industrial revolution that looks quite silly in post industrial America.Summing up Marx in two sentences Class struggle is the defining injustice and condition of human society We, the proletariat, must rise up through a violent and sudden revolution and overthrow our capitalist oppressors.Let me get this straight We re going to overcome class struggle by perpetrating a class war against the bourgoisie If a major goal of communism is to eradicate social classes, why does it temporarily aim to establish the proletariat as the ruling class Oh right Becauase once the proletariat gains power it will someday voluntarily abdicate said power for the greater good of society As Mugatu said about Zoolander when he points out that all of the latter s looks are actually the same I feel like I m taking crazy pills It makes little rational sense.Now ontospecific arguments regarding Marx s generally applicable measures that must be established by the proletariat after the violent overthrow of capitalism It s pretty scary, actually.No ownership of land, a heavy income tax, no rights of inheritance, seizure of all property from rebels whatever that meanspresumably political enemies and emigrants, centralized credit and capital in the hands of the state, state ownership of the means of transportation and communication, establishment of industrial armies , equitable distribution of the populace in town and country, and an abolition of child labor with concurrent establishment of public education actually that last point I agree with.Such a strategy will ALWAYS lead to a totalitarian government that needlessly and wantonly causes suffering and economic hardship for the vast majority of its citizens.I have yet to hear anybody move beyond theoretical praise of Marxism Even the most ardent supporters will be forced to conclude that in real life the Marxist state is not preferred over the capitalist state because there is still an inequitible division of power between the ruling class and the common man And the evil capitalism that they rail against is actually the governmental imperialism of capitalist states, not the economic structure of said state.The argument against capitalism is too much capital in the hands of too few But Marxism advocates all capital be concentrated in the hands of a totalitarian regime that gives too little to the vast majority

  2. Jason Jason says:

    Read this and understand why your imperialist capitalist government spent the better part of a century playing hot potato with ICBMs, invading and incinerating peaceful, peasant countries, and making your mom and dad piss themselves under school desks The elite were scared shitless and by no means would they allow their slaves, errr labor force, a fraction of freedom or equality or means to resist The 60 year propaganda campaign against Communism and the virtual disappearance of strong labor u Read this and understand why your imperialist capitalist government spent the better part of a century playing hot potato with ICBMs, invading and incinerating peaceful, peasant countries, and making your mom and dad piss themselves under school desks The elite were scared shitless and by no means would they allow their slaves, errr labor force, a fraction of freedom or equality or means to resist The 60 year propaganda campaign against Communism and the virtual disappearance of strong labor unions prove this.Marx is downright bold in his call for the FORCIBLE OVERTHROW OF ALL EXISTING SOCIAL CONDITIONS In fact, the Manifesto is a flat out demand that you go out and set shit on fire, and that s cool enough for me.Of course, Marxism is flawed because any prick with enough power will undoubtedly exploit the little guy bla bla blaThe point is maybe there is a better system based on real freedom instead of free trade

  3. Sean Barrs Sean Barrs says:

    Communism doesn t work Its ideals are perfectly understandable, justifiable even, but the way it seeks to attain them, that s just terrible In reality communist policy falls apart or isn t fully followed The driving force is to achieve a classless rather than class based society Sounds good on paper doesn t it But in order to achieve such a thing, the manifesto proposes a revolution that will wipe out private property This isthan following the march of history Mankind has seen count Communism doesn t work Its ideals are perfectly understandable, justifiable even, but the way it seeks to attain them, that s just terrible In reality communist policy falls apart or isn t fully followed The driving force is to achieve a classless rather than class based society Sounds good on paper doesn t it But in order to achieve such a thing, the manifesto proposes a revolution that will wipe out private property This isthan following the march of history Mankind has seen countless revolutions that have failed The Bourgeois ruling class is replaced by the Proletariats working class which then go on to form a new ruling class The difference with communism, and why it will apparently succeed, is that the new rising class will destroy ownership thus, the cycle has been broken there will no longer be any class divides But what s left A power vacuum and a new means to createwealth and ownership Then surely the system just begins anew Surely people just belong to the government evenso than before Then there s the total lack of proof There are huge statements in this, huge sweeping statements, that suggest that worldwide communism will end all wars Isn t that slightly na ve What s to stop two opposing communist nations fighting over natural resources or land Nothing Communism isn t the answer to the world s problems And besides, the manifesto initially advocates war to create a temporary class What kind of political party overtly advocates war, death and human suffering It speaks of blood spilt over the ages, wasted blood, and then goes on to propose the shedding ofIsn t this just a little hypocritical Sure, some extremists may deem that a necessary cost, but it s just another form of corruption Communism opposes the capitalist world on the idea that wealth is concentrated in the upper reaches of society That s true Capitalism, obviously, has many flaws, but that s beside the point Communist rulers seek to grasp that wealth for the good of their people What do they then do with it They wage war, covertly or overtly, on the capitalist world and watch as their people starve But that doesn t matter, right As long as communism spreads.This is a most interesting read And whist I obviously take issue with the politics, I m glad I read it This is a product of history, one that should be read and understood by all Penguin Little Black Classic 20 The Little Black Classic Collection by penguin looks like it contains lots of hidden gems I couldn t help it they looked so good that I went and bought them all I shall post a short review after reading each one No doubt it will take me several months to get through all of them Hopefully I will find some classic authors, from across the ages, that I may not have come across had I not bought this collection

  4. Always Pouting Always Pouting says:

    I finally read this even though someone gave it to me forever ago I think the ideas are interesting but I think this functionsinto explaining communist ideology in that historical period and for explaining the positioning in regards to other groups I would rather readabout the idea of history as class struggle but expanded upon which seems like it could be an interesting framework or the themes of the inherent instability of capitalism that was being argued for I don t think I hav I finally read this even though someone gave it to me forever ago I think the ideas are interesting but I think this functionsinto explaining communist ideology in that historical period and for explaining the positioning in regards to other groups I would rather readabout the idea of history as class struggle but expanded upon which seems like it could be an interesting framework or the themes of the inherent instability of capitalism that was being argued for I don t think I have the capacity to read Capital right now though I also read this because someone told me if I didn t read it I wouldn t understand Marx s ideas but I m pretty sure I had the grasp of them without this and this just supports my hypothesis that really I should never have to read source materials when I can just read summaries

  5. Darwin8u Darwin8u says:

    Political power, properly so called, is merely the organised power of one class for oppressing anotherKarl Marx, The Communist ManifestoVol 20 of my Penguin Little Black Classics Box Set To be clear, I m not giving this 5 stars because I m a Communist just waiting start a revolution not that I m against a good revolution here or there I do come from a religious tradition that experimented in the 1800s with ideas of consecration and communalism They called it the United Order Even witPolitical power, properly so called, is merely the organised power of one class for oppressing anotherKarl Marx, The Communist ManifestoVol 20 of my Penguin Little Black Classics Box Set To be clear, I m not giving this 5 stars because I m a Communist just waiting start a revolution not that I m against a good revolution here or there I do come from a religious tradition that experimented in the 1800s with ideas of consecration and communalism They called it the United Order Even with a charismatic leader and the hope of Zion, it was a failed experiment As an economic system, I think there are serious flaws built into Marxism Communism or any of the isms that derived from Marx and Engles ideas That said, there are also SERIOUS flaws with Capitalism, Christianism, etc I think the idea that there is one perfect economic dogma for all levels and all people and all societies is a bit naive Anyway, I m giving this 5 stars because it is a helluva tract It, obviously, lit a fire that spread quickly through Europe, Asia, etc Love it or hate it, we are all living in a world that has been marked by Marx Personally, I dig Das KapitalI LOVE Marxist theory waythan Marxist practice My wife and I DID have a cat in college named Marx

  6. Barry Pierce Barry Pierce says:

    What can I say Marx was right Almost.

  7. Traveller Traveller says:

    This tract by Marx and Engels is too enormous in implication to review fully in the small little space that GR allows, so what I ll do for now is take extracts from it and comment on them, piece by piece.Per the MaifestoAbolition of the family Even the most radical flare up at this infamous proposal of the Communists On what foundation is the present family, the bourgeois family, based On capital, on private gain In its completely developed form this family exists only among the bourgeois This tract by Marx and Engels is too enormous in implication to review fully in the small little space that GR allows, so what I ll do for now is take extracts from it and comment on them, piece by piece.Per the MaifestoAbolition of the family Even the most radical flare up at this infamous proposal of the Communists On what foundation is the present family, the bourgeois family, based On capital, on private gain In its completely developed form this family exists only among the bourgeoisie But this state of things finds its complement in the practical absence of the family among the proletarians, and in public prostitution The bourgeois family will vanish as a matter of course when its complement vanishes, and both will vanish with the vanishing of capital Do you charge us with wanting to stop the exploitation of children by their parents To this crime we plead guilty But, you will say, we destroy the most hallowed of relations, when we replace home education by social And your education Is not that also social, and determined by the social conditions under which you educate, by the intervention, direct or indirect, of society, by means of schools, etc The Communists have not invented the intervention of society in education they do but seek to alter the character of that intervention, and to rescue education from the influence of the ruling class The bourgeois clap trap about the family and education, about the hallowed co relation of parent and child, becomes all thedisgusting, the , by the action of Modern Industry, all family ties among the proletarians are torn asunder, and their children transformed into simple articles of commerce and instruments of labour Marx and Engels are here addressing a snapshot in time of European history I don t have much knowledge of conditions during the industrial revolution in the rest of Europe, but have researched the situation relatively extensively as it was in Britain, as a background to a lot of criticism that was launched against the status quo by a lot of Victorian writers of fiction.In the feudal system, labor did not remove laborers from their families at all, in fact, it rather strengthened family ties since most of what can be seen as the proletariat of feudal times, were indebted laborers on the fiefdom of their feudal lord.So, the only labor which compromised the family situation, was the kind of labor done by men, women and children in mines and factories during the industrial revolution, from around 1750 to the early 1900 s If you read up on reforms in Britain, you will see that by about 1831, public outcries against child labor and the conditions that adults and children were made to work under in mines, caused public commissions to be instituted by government, which started a slow and gradual reform of conditions via legislation, to the point that all kinds of laborers are pretty well protected and well represented at the present day.Ironically, the big bad fat cats these days are not the kind that deal with direct labor, but rather the type who deal in with secondary products like financial products and services By services we do not mean of the labour kind that Marx addressed Marx was addressing the kind of workers who were exploited in mines and factories Note that the industrial revolution, although it started off bringing such untold misery to so many, also had the following effect average income and population began to exhibit unprecedented sustained growth In the two centuries following 1800, the world s average per capita income increased over tenfold, while the world s population increased over sixfold Finally it was within the grasp of those born outside of nobility to make a decent living for themselves A lot of workplace reform has taken place since the IR started. and not through rabble rousers like Marx, but because people with a conscience raised their voices and cried out against the injustices being done by capitalists against fellow human beings Authors like Charles Dickens, for instance, and Victor Hugo, helped to encourage the privileged to look upon their less fortunate brethren with greater sympathy, and to call for social reform in the name of conscience.so, Karl Marx is being a great opportunist here At a time when history and society is in great flux and inner revolution, when a new era is dawning and social conscience still needs to become cognizant of the suffering of some of the members of society, Karl Marx exploits the situation, ironically by making use of the exploitation by one element of society, of another.It is the poor and the ignorant that is being exploited, and Karl Marx exploits their helplessness, ignorance and gullibility to shout for revolution instead of evolution Marx and Engels call for violence where no violence is necessary, because peaceful change was already taking place in any case.Per the manifesto But you Communists would introduce community of women, screams the whole bourgeoisie in chorus The bourgeois sees in his wife a mere instrument of production He hears that the instruments of production are to be exploited in common, and, naturally, can come to no other conclusion than that the lot of being common to all will likewise fall to the women He has not even a suspicion that the real point is to do away with the status of women as mere instruments of production For the rest, nothing isridiculous than the virtuous indignation of our bourgeois at the community of women which, they pretend, is to be openly and officially established by the Communists The Communists have no need to introduce community of women it has existed almost from time immemorial Our bourgeois, not content with having the wives and daughters of their proletarians at their disposal, not to speak of common prostitutes, take the greatest pleasure in seducing each other s wives Bourgeois marriage is in reality a system of wives in common and thus, at the most, what the Communists might possibly be reproached with, is that they desire to introduce, in substitution for a hypocritically concealed, an openly legalised community of women For the rest, it is self evident that the abolition of the present system of production must bring with it the abolition of the community of women springing from that system, i.e., of prostitution both public and private.The implication is obvious According to the authors, the implication is that marriage is a bourgeois, patriarchal institution for the exploitation of women, a form of prostitution You would think that anybody who is even in the slightest familiar with history, would be able to see immediately how fallacious and false such an accusation is, since marriage is a social institution that evolved gradually over many centuries, but has always been something that protected rather than exploited women Remember, for centuries and centuries, women had no recourse save sexual abstinence for which the best path was to become a nun against falling pregnant Women had exactly three choices Be a prostitute, be a nun, or have the protection of marriage, where you could at least have the privilege of raising your children in a protected environment, and in which the father of the child had the responsibility to care for the children and their mother on a material level.It is only through birth control, which we at last have 99% effective technology for, that woman is emancipated from the hearth and can take her place next to males as a fully economically productive partner, since she doesn t have to be tied down in a perpetual cycle of pregnancy, childbirth and nursing any.This has nothing to do with the bourgeoisie except that it was people out of the horrible, terrible ranks of those dastardly bourgeoisie, that modern medicine was developed, modern medicine, which keeps child and maternal mortality at bay, has brought better health to people of all walks and stations in life, and has given us the technology to be able to choose when we do or don t have children.except if you let The Pope tell you, of course.I have an overwhelming feeling that Marx was simply exploiting women s emancipation movements to gainsupporters for Communism, when he says the following He has not even a suspicion that the real point is to do away with the status of women as mere instruments of productionYes, women were being marginalized, but by the fact that we were excluded from property holding rights something Marx scorns in any case and from having an equal right to vote something else which he scorns too.Let s analyze this carefully How are bourgeois males exploiting women by marrying them..by having sex with them and expecting of them to have children..but it is usually women who want children in the first place Certainly, in feudal times, children sons were deemed an essential item for males to acquire in order to continue the family line, but, since the human species would discontinue should women stop having children, calling it an exploitation of women by men sounds like a rather strange, roundabout way of putting things.Certainly in the time that capitalism has steadfastly taken root, children have become reallyof a liability financially speaking, than a prizeand calling a married womanof a prostitute than an unmarried woman would be, who will still be used for sex, just this time by the entire mob instead of her husband, unless the married woman decides to swing which will be HER decision to cuckold her husband unless they both agree to swing just sounds a bit crazy.In fact, if you think about it, it is Marx who is making the implication that women are mere objects, property to be owned like cows or camels, by suggesting that they will be seen as fair game community of women , as he puts it, having a similar meaning to community of property under Communist rule.I just can t help finding his attitude massively patronizing and insulting, both towards men and women, as much as I decry the patriarchy of the past, because Marx himself is speaking with the very voice of patriarchy and sexism that he supposedly decries He speaks their language, the language of the white, supremacist patriarchal master.Also from the manifestoThe education of all children,from the moment that they can get along without a mother s care, shall be in state institutions at state expense and our children must be taken away from us and brought up in some state institution See Communist Party Education Workers Congress, Communist quotesWe must create out of the younger generation a generation of Communists We must turn children, who can be shaped like wax, into real, good Communists We must remove the children from the crude influence of their families We must take them over and, to speak frankly, nationalize them From the first days of their lives they will be under the healthy influence of Communist children s nurseries and schools There they will grow up to be real Communists.It is generally accepted knowledge that institutionalized care away from any sort of notion of family, is psychologically unhealthy for children.See Marx wants to pull down the very fabric of society, to the point of removing even the notion of family to remove from children the prerogative of having your own mother and father, of having brothers and sisters, and instead, humans must become cogs in the wheel of Communism, mindless automatons who have no individuality, no sense of self.No thanks, I don t buy into the hive mind insect think This review is a work in progress, soto follow soon.EDIT Dear reader, if you feel you need to comment, please take the time to read the discussion thread below first these issues and evenregarding Marxism, Communism, etc, are discussed EXTENSIVELY in the comment thread below, and I fear that comments are starting to become repetitive, with clear indications that commentors are not bothering to check if their arguments might already have been discussed a few times over Unfortunately all that is discussed cannot be worked into the review itself, since GR limits review space, and this is a HUGE subject.I d also like to mention that I am absolutely to a large extent a fan of Socialism in general and a great fan of the Scandinavian mixed system What I am criticizing in this review, is specifically this document, The Communist Manifesto , and not Socialism itself.I promise to make time soon to workof the discussions into the review itself, but some very well read and intelligent Marxian apologists have commented, so it might be worth your time to read the discussions in any case.Thanks

  8. J.G. Keely J.G. Keely says:

    It is an error to assume that the problem with humanity is an inability to recognize our own problems While it s true that we constantly look outside for answers, this is just because we are unhappy with the answers we have We know that success requires hard work and knowledge, but we want something easier We will accept an easier answer even when it isn t true We are not motivated by what is true or likely, but by frightening or enticing stories.We are driven away from the necessary and the It is an error to assume that the problem with humanity is an inability to recognize our own problems While it s true that we constantly look outside for answers, this is just because we are unhappy with the answers we have We know that success requires hard work and knowledge, but we want something easier We will accept an easier answer even when it isn t true We are not motivated by what is true or likely, but by frightening or enticing stories.We are driven away from the necessary and the difficult by our inadequacies and fears, and so rarely move ourselves any closer to fulfillment In a perversity of justice, those who do achieve the things which we imagine would fulfill us wealth, fame, beauty, genius are nofulfilled than the average man, and just as beset by inadequacy and fear Often,so.Transhumanism represents a hope that we can escape this pattern of ignorance and self destruction but only by escaping the human bodies and minds that cannot control themselves.The Manifesto always seemed littlethan a sad reminder of our failings, though it did motivate people and provided a test of the mettle of humanity Beyond that, it doesto rile than to increase understanding of the economy and our role within it It is sad that a work which is at least based on some worthwhile principles falls to the same simple fears and ideals that plague our everyday lives.The manifesto tries to take all of the economic theory of its authors and create from it a story that will excite the common man They did not expect that most of them would pick up Das Kapital and start really thinking about their role in things It was enough to engage their greed and sense of injustice without intruding much on their understanding.The average man does not want to understand, he would prefer to believe It is unfortunate that the main effect proven by the Communist movement is that any and every political system simply shifts wealth and power from one group to another, and little aids the serf or the unlucky.We Americans are in little position to stand over the failure of Communism , since democracy has not proven any kinder to mankind, nor can it deliver justice equally to the poor and the rich

  9. Rachel Rachel says:

    One word review disgusting There is so much I could say, and there isn t the space to say it in a review Where do I even begin For starters, the book began on a whining note There were basically two main thrusts first that free trade was so unfair to the poor proletariat second, that the communistic movement had only the interests of the proletariat at heart It was unhindered by nationality or any other interests and existed solely to make the working class successful.What started out One word review disgusting There is so much I could say, and there isn t the space to say it in a review Where do I even begin For starters, the book began on a whining note There were basically two main thrusts first that free trade was so unfair to the poor proletariat second, that the communistic movement had only the interests of the proletariat at heart It was unhindered by nationality or any other interests and existed solely to make the working class successful.What started out as a whining tirade coming from a man who obviously wanted to abolish free trade because it did not suit him as he wished, ended with an abolition of family, home education, patriotism, and marriage.Little sins like self centeredness, sloth, and greediness, if not repented of can lead the heart to seek justification on its own The heart tries to justify itself before the cries of conscience by rationalizing and eventually developing a system consistent with itself and you end up with Sartre, Nietzsche, or Marx with ideas to make you shudder The charges against Communism made from a religious, a philosophical, and generally, from an ideological standpoint are not deserving of a serious examination That was literally the only thing said to those objections Seriously I came away with a lot of observations, but three were especially notable Marx hoped that social change would change man s heart environmental determinism.The State the proletariat as an organized ruling classThe abolition of private property was number one on Marx s hit list.The ending note is one of the reasons I think Communism has such an appeal It offers purpose, hope, and excitement This is the only thing I sympathized with somewhat in the whole thing I am afraid that Christians have held out an impotent, limp, and emasculated truncation of Christianity for too long The human heart longs for a higher purpose, a kingdom, a cause Christ Jesus, King of Kings and Lord of Lords is the answer, not communism The Communists disdain to conceal their views and aims They openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communistic revolution The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains They have a world to win WORKING MEN OF ALL COUNTRIES, UNITE And so ends a despicable document

  10. Xio Xio says:

    Its awful fun to grow up marxist in the US You get to go to meetings where you, as a kid, soon realize there s no point in paying attention so off you go with the other rowdy tots into the ghetto to make trouble with whatever you find to hand.And you get to read this novella and if you re bored and underchallenged but over bothered you can begin to argue against american capitalist imperialism and the growth of consumerist doctrine using your new found propaganda skills til you bait a teacher i Its awful fun to grow up marxist in the US You get to go to meetings where you, as a kid, soon realize there s no point in paying attention so off you go with the other rowdy tots into the ghetto to make trouble with whatever you find to hand.And you get to read this novella and if you re bored and underchallenged but over bothered you can begin to argue against american capitalist imperialism and the growth of consumerist doctrine using your new found propaganda skills til you bait a teacher into telling you to move to Russia if you like that stuff so much true story

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