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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>

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Described as one of the most influential figures in human history, Karl Marx was a German philosopher and economist who wrote extensively on the benefits of socialism and the flaws of free-market capitalism. His most notable works, Das Kapital and The Communist Manifesto (the latter of which was co-authored by his collaborator Friedrich Engels), have since become two of history s most important political and economic works. Marxismthe term that has come to define the philosophical school of thought encompassing Marx s ideas about society, politics and economicswas the foundation for the socialist movements of the twentieth century, including Leninism, Stalinism, Trotskyism, and Maoism. Despite the negative reputation associated with some of these movements and with Communism in general, Marx s view of a classless socialist society was a utopian one which did not include the possibility of dictatorship. Greatly influenced by the philosopher G. W. F. Hegel, Marx wrote in radical newspapers from his young adulthood, and can also be credited with founding the philosophy of dialectical materialism. Marx died in London in 1883 at the age of 64.

Friedrich Engels was born in 1820, in the German city of Barmen. He died in London in 1895 while editing the fourth volume of Capital.

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  • File Size: 79 KB
  • Print Length: 36 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1453802738
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Public Domain Books (January 25, 2005)
  • Publication Date: January 25, 2005
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000JQUHLC
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By Karl Janssen on August 30, 2011
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Though originally written in 1848, The Communist Manifesto by Marx and Engels ended up exerting its greatest influence in the following century. No other book had a more profound effect on 20th-century history in terms of lives affected, governments overthrown, nations transformed, people killed or displaced, and the expenditure of time, money, and energy either for or against it. Given the fact that America was so preoccupied with the threat of Communism for decades, it's surprising how few Americans ever took the time to read the actual battle cry of their nemesis. Due to its historical importance, Communism is a political philosophy that must either be accepted or refuted, but cannot be ignored. Nevertheless, my intention here is not to critique Communism as a philosophy but rather to critique the Manifesto as a book.

A common misconception is that this book is the founding document of Communism, but in reality Communism was well-known as an active political school in Europe at the time the Manifesto was published. The purpose of the Manifesto was to ignite and unite the faithful, recruit the curious, and frighten the bourgeoisie. The authors assumed a prior knowledge of Communism on the part of the reader, and as such the text spends more time clarifying the doctrine of Communism than it does declaring it outright. Because it's a manifesto rather than a full-fledged philosophical treatise, its full of bold, undefended statements. Here you won't find well-reasoned arguments extolling the virtues of Communism, nor detailed explanations as to how exactly the world would be run following the triumph of the Revolution. For that you'll have to look elsewhere in Marx's oeuvre.
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By Ari on February 25, 2013
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There is a lot more here than what was put into practice by the Soviet Block. I'd rather not accept the general rejection of Communist thought without being informed personally. It should be read by anyone interested in political thought and influences. This thinking is pretty much rejected and without expression in the United States, but it is alive and well in most of the rest of the world, most especially in many European countries.
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I read this every couple of year just to remind myself of the absolute lunacy of it all. Marx's belief that a political system can be run without ego, or people seeking power over others ignores the basic premise that it is people being governed, not pressure in a vessel being manipulated.
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A concept born in a simpler time used as an excuse for many things from Socialism to controlled capitalism. As with any pivotal work, one should read it for his/her self. There is always the chance of misinterpretation by an individual, but if you do not read this then you are just accepting someone's word anyway.

This is more than an economics book it is a way of life. It sounds good on paper but makes many assumptions. Instead of worrying about workability, look at the logic that is built on assumptions of that time (written, in 1848). Add this to your library.

You can pick a side (pro or con) and make a stand if you like; but look at the size of this book and realize that many people will just use the title and build their own case. You will have read the real thing.

Be sure to balance it with "The Capitalist Manifesto" by Louis O. Kelso

The Capitalist Manifesto by Louis O. Kelso and Mortimer J. Adler
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By E Neel on August 29, 2013
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People need to read this to see how limited and uninformed Marx was, the Economy requires and economics is the study of land labor and capital.

Marx thinks that it is merely the labor that functions without any input of the other three; I state three becuase a lot of people still fail to realize that "capital" is twofold. Capital is "money", or finacial means to build and buy; but it is also the most important ... and that is intellectual capital. The mind of the entrepreneur, the visionary that makes the economy better tomorrow than today, and that is what people that want to feed off of this jealousy of rich against poor always do not understand, most 'rich' are not there because of some fairy, they thought of an new idea/product and without that ... nothing.
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This should be recommended reading for all developing young people as well as older folks who have not educated themselves and only relied on Political Hype to develop their viewpoints. It would seem that Marx neither condoned nor denied that Communism was the absolute solution to mankind's political and social woes but rather that it was his observation that Communism was just a natural outcome in the cycle of socio-political differences. Read this and compare what was written over 150 years ago to todays political climate and see if there is a correlation.
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"A specter is haunting Europe—the specter of Communism."

PROs:

* One of the most influential books of all time that changed the world

* Unique view of how history has progressed

* Compelling critique of capitalism

* Introduces a completely novel economic system

CONs:

* Many of the complaints lodged against capitalism do not hold nearly as much weight now

* Hard to fully comprehend without a pretty good understanding of European history and economic history

"The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles. Freeman and slave, patrician and plebeian, lord and serf, guildmaster and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed."

The Communist Manifesto covers a very large amount of information in a very short amount of time. This inevitably means that the statements made are not fully supported, but this is not the point of a manifesto, the purpose of which is to powerfully and coherently state a set of goals for a particular party.

I think the first part of the manifesto was the most interesting. In it a unique (but brief) evaluation of history is given, with Marx's famous "class struggle" statement. It is concluded that all antagonisms and conflicts in history have their root in class warfare (nobleman and serf, freeman and slave, etc.) Up until Marx's time, each epoch in history had many different classes, and each time a lower classes would rebel against the upper class minority, the only thing accomplished would be a reconstructed class system with the same root problem.
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