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The Communist Manifesto Paperback – July 12, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1453704424 ISBN-10: 1453704426

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 70 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453704426
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453704424
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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<DIV><DIV><DIV>"the greatest charter of our movement." --Rosa Luxemburg </DIV><DIV> </DIV><DIV>"an integral and systematic exposition of [Marx's] doctrine ... the best to this day." Lenin "laid the foundation for modern socialism." --Karl Kautsky</DIV></DIV></DIV>

About the Author

KARL MARX was a philosopher, social scientist, historian and revolutionary. He is without a doubt the most influential socialist thinker to emerge in the 19th century. Although he was largely ignored by scholars in his own lifetime, his social, economic and political ideas gained rapid acceptance in the socialist movement after his death in 1883. It was in Paris that Marx developed his lifelong partnership with FRIEDRICH ENGELS (1820-1895).

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One of the most evil books ever written.
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I'll speak only to the quality of the ebook; that is, how well the written word has been converted to digital text for this particular ebook.
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I've always found dignity in work not exploitation and I've found it to be mutually beneficial not exploitative.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 12, 2012
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Marx and Engels take the position that globalisation is bad and that the spread of trade and free exchange of ideas is bad as it means people aren't satisfied with the old way of doing things after they are exposed to new ways. They don't like technology, adopting the luddite position that it makes everything worse. They believe technology makes workers redundant and take less joy in their work. Before I go any further, does anyone agree with this nonsense? It's like they want to freeze time indefinitely, they're so anti-progress! So far, so dumb.

Their anti-machine spiel continues as they fume that the bourgeois are in control of the machines and therefore the direction the world is taking. They want the working class to control this instead. So it's just one group of society jealous of what another group of society have. Nothing revolutionary here.

I had to include this quote from the manifesto as I found it ironic - "He (the working man) becomes an appendage of the machine, and it is only the most simple, most monotonous, and most easily acquired knack, that is required of him." Ironic as they claim this is the state of the working man under bourgeois rule but this is ultimately what would happen to countless millions under communist rule in the 20th century.

The manifesto contains largely sweeping statements that aren't backed up with examples or facts, and bizarre statements about the communist utopia that go along the lines of "if everyone were communist then there would be no competition and nobody would be better and so there would be no war". There's a lot of this "anti-competition" sentiment in the manifesto as apparently we should all be equal and competition means some would be better than others.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Twain on January 2, 2014
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Completely disagree with the ideas presented but this is the communist manifesto. This is a must read before opening your mouth to participate in any political conversation. It's shorter than I expected so it didn't take too long to finish. For 8 bucks, pick this bad boy up and make yourself more informed
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pliskron on October 27, 2014
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Back in the days of feudalism your lord would take a 1/3 share of everything you produced and basically leave you alone. I'm sorry but I'm not a fan of totalitarian dictatorships and that is what this book calls for. It never ceases to amaze me that the same people who rage against the government and are most critical of it want that same government to own all their property, and control every aspect of their life down to the most minute details. This book is and the philosophy contained there in is built on a completely false premise, the fact that all workers are exploited. I've always found dignity in work not exploitation and I've found it to be mutually beneficial not exploitative. It's the most important bad book I've ever read but It's important enough that everyone should read it. This book lacks a an understanding of basic economics and human nature and as such this idea that utopia can be achieved were it just not for those people over there has lead to the deaths of over 100 million people in the last century. The idea that I don't own my own labor or the fruits of that labor or that I'm entitled to live off the sweat of someone else's brow is abhorrent and goes against all natural laws. Communism is a great equalizer in that it makes everyone equal in misery and poverty. The only people who benefit are the party members and technocrats at the top. If you want to see why our country is in decline and the middle class is in danger of becoming extinct look no further than the ideas in this book that are being slowly implemented.
1. The abolition of private property. To see this in action look no further that civil forfeiture laws were gov agencies can seize property without a trial and the abuse of eminent domain.
2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Justin on May 25, 2013
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Regardless of your viewpoints on politics this is an interesting read that led to various revolutionary movements and political shifts around the world earning its place in any collectors library.
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I will let you decide about the book and its merits. I'll speak only to the quality of the ebook; that is, how well the written word has been converted to digital text for this particular ebook. This ebook consists of a Table of Contents, Preface, a few chapters of text, a blurb about Marx and some hyperlinks to footnotes (and a couple pages about the book publisher). I didn't notice any problems with the text or the layout of the book. All of the hyperlinks worked just fine. There is nothing fancy about the ebook. It is just a clean ebook version of the original work. For 99¢ you can't go wrong.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By GreenMan on December 18, 2012
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The reading is very dry but this is the essential guide to communism and many other forms of socialist ideologies. Everyone should read this at least once.
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By peter wiemann on November 9, 2014
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reference book to prove obama espouses communism
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By Donato Cobarrubias on October 3, 2014
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Small but packed with interesting stuff!
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