The Communist Manifesto

The Communist Manifesto

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The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx, Frederick Engels

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1888

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43

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0451527100

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The Communist Manifesto

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(65 Reviews)
One of the world's most influential political manuscripts. Commissioned by the Communist League and written by communist theorists Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, it laid out the League's purposes and program. It presents an analytical approach to the class struggle (historical and present) and the problems of capitalism, rather than a prediction of communism's potential future forms.--Wikipedia

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we find almost everywhere a complicated arrangement of society into various orders, a manifold gradation of social rank. In ancient Rome we have patricians, knights, plebeians, slaves; in the Middle Ages, feudal lords, vassals, guild-masters, journeymen, apprentices, serfs; in almost all of these classes, again, subordinate gradations.

The modern bourgeois society that has sprouted from the ruins of feudal society has not done away with class antagonisms. It has but established new classes, new conditions of oppression, new forms of struggle in place of the old ones. Our epoch, the epoch of the bourgeoisie, possesses, however, this distinctive feature: it has simplified the class antagonisms: Society as a whole is more and more splitting up into two great hostile camps, into two great classes, directly facing each other: Bourgeoisie and Proletariat.

From the serfs of the Middle Ages sprang the chartered burghers of the earliest towns. From these burgesses the first elements of the bourgeoisie we

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One of the world's most influential political manuscripts. Commissioned by the Communist League and written by communist theorists Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, it laid out the League's purposes and program. It presents an analytical approach to the class struggle (historical and present) and the problems of capitalism, rather than a prediction of communism's potential future forms.
The most boring book ever written. Perhaps nothing in the world will roll your eyes back in your head faster than "The Communist Manifesto." Communism really didn't need to murder 10s of millions of people -- communists could have just killed them by making everybody read this book.
Influential, yes -- but only because governments and societies insist on continuing to implement Communism's disastrous tenets despite failure after failure after failure. The most spiritually bankrupt and literally murderous political philosophy of all time -- interesting only in the way that "Mein Kampf" is interesting, as a manifesto of how to reduce humankind to servility and misery.
Communism as Marx and Engels tell us, is the perfect social system. But to this day(Sep 19 2011), no nation on Earth has been able to apply it. Not the Soviet Union, not China, not Vietnam, not Cuba, not North Korea. NO ONE. Why? Because we are human, and many of us are GREEDY. You cannot remove greed from a human. Greed is a natural instict for survival. It´s in the human DNA. It´s in LIFE´s DNA. I am working in a social system that can work, but it requires technology. Such as robots that run on clean energy. Some tech required isn´t here yet. But we´re getting close.
love him,hate him you cant ignore him. we may or may not be agree with someone, but we must be aware f him. And hey! he is not someone, he is Carl Marx. One must read him before making any opinion.
Throughout history few theories have been as influential and as all encompassing as that of Marx however, serious horrors and abuses in the name of communism came when power-hungry megalomaniacs got their hands on it. A good way to look at the communist Manifesto is like medication for society. In the hands of those who understand the true nature and value of the medicine [ie Lenin, Stalin, Hoxha] a gorgeous new society in which true freedom from oppression is achievable, However in the hands of those who do not understand the medicine [ie Mao, Pol Pot, Cenescu] great attrocities can also be committed, nevertheless there is no more godless and murderous ideology than capitalism; a creed of which millions die simply because they were born into poverty.
As a polemic, it is excellent. As an actual blue print for a society inhabited by human beings, it is deadly farcial nonsense. Stalin, using this theory, attempted to collectivize agriculture and in the process murdered over a million children. Communism world wide killed one hundred million people. A man made disaster this large is beyond comprehension and those who would wish it upon their fellow human beings are at best willfully ignorant and at worst comfortable with sacrificing lives for the sake of an ideology.
I just love how you all say communism has never worked in practice, your ideas of communism are in fact totalitarian socialism communism is a goal that has never been reached, even by Mother Russia. Countries like China and North Korea are in fact socialist, they still have social classes, while were they truely Communist, there would be only working class citizens. And also Lenin didn't fail, Stalin wanted the control and marked Lenin as a traitor and sent KGB after him chasing him into Germany, Lenin only led the country for 11 years.
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the theory of communism seems fair and just however putting it into practice is impossible.