- Paperback: 70 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 12, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1453704426
- ISBN-13: 978-1453704424
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"A spectre is haunting Europe," Karl Marx and Frederic Engels wrote in 1848, "the spectre of Communism." This new edition of The Communist Manifesto, commemorating the 150th anniversary of its publication, includes an introduction by renowned historian Eric Hobsbawm which reminds us of the document's continued relevance. Marx and Engels's critique of capitalism and its deleterious effect on all aspects of life, from the increasing rift between the classes to the destruction of the nuclear family, has proven remarkably prescient. Their spectre, manifested in the Manifesto's vivid prose, continues to haunt the capitalist world, lingering as a ghostly apparition even after the collapse of those governments which claimed to be enacting its principles. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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May 1 to honor the 150th anniversary of the original publication of Marx and Engels's masterpiece with this quality, affordable hardcover. This edition contains a new introduction by historian Eric Hobsbawn, who insists that the work should be read not only as a great work of literature but that, 150 years later, it still has much to teach us for the next millennium.
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With that said, the beginning of the book is fairly straight-forward as Marx describes his take on the relationship between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat. This portion will allow the reader to understand the broad implications of Marx's ideals. In the following sections, Marx adjusts his focus to theological and metaphysical critiques which, as I mentioned earlier, are difficult to truly capture in audio-book form.
One of Marx's primary criticisms that stuck out was his attempted refutation of the idea that profits are the only incentive towards labor. He notes that laborers work only for wages, while capitalists (non-producers) earn profits by usurping value from the laborers. Thus he concludes profits are unnecessary for production. However, in this piece he rests his case there. He does not address the need for capital accumulation to assist labor. He does not discuss the role of profits in allocating capital. He also does not discuss the hierarchical production chain (of a single company) ending at the profit-earning capitalist and the incentives created therein. This book is really just a primer on his ideas, requiring the reader to seek further texts for clarification.
The writings are in chronological order, which makes it all the more interesting. Knowing that the ideas you are currently reading had most likely been influenced by the ones you already read. The order and dates also add insight to where the philosophers wanted to go and where history tells us mankind ended up. The other reviewers already outlined who's writings are included, so I'll end here.
Regardless of your political ideology, having knowledge of other ideas can only improve you as a human being, and further your argument for your personal ideology.
I have used several of these writings in my classroom as primary source. My students are usually interested in learning more about the time periods we discuss through the selection of texts in this collection. I've had a few students pick the book up and flip through during their lunch break or after school just to read through some of the other writers we don't get to during the year.
I highly recommend this if you are a teacher or student. You also can't beat the price!