The Communist Manifesto

The Communist Manifesto

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"A spectre is haunting Europe - the spectre of Communism." So begins one of history's most important documents, a work of such magnitude that it has forever changed not only the scope of world politics, but indeed the course of human civilization. The Communist Manifesto was written in Friedrich Engels's clear, striking prose and declared the earth-shaking ideas of Karl Marx. Upon publication in 1848, it quickly became the credo of the poor and oppressed who longed for a society "in which the free development of each is the condition for the free development of all."

The Communist Manifesto contains the seeds of Marx's more comprehensive philosophy, which continues to inspire influential economic, political, social, and literary theories. But the Manifesto is most valuable as an historical document, one that led to the greatest political upheaveals of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and to the establishment of the Communist governments that until recently ruled half the globe.

This Bantam Classic edition of The Communist Manifesto includes Marx and Engels's historic 1872 and 1882 prefaces, and Engels's notes and prefaces to the 1883 and 1888 editions.

Baker & Taylor
Containing the seeds of Marx's more comprehensive philosophy and revolutionary program, this seminal political and social document stands as the credo of the poor and oppressed and led to the greatest political upheaval in history. Reissue.

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The political tract in which Marx presented the core of his philosophy and revolutionary program, with an introduction analyzing its significance to the realities of today and to Marx's own times.

Publisher: New York : Bantam, c1992
ISBN: 9780553214062
0553214063
Branch Call Number: 335.422 MAR
Characteristics: xxii, 58 p. ; 18 cm
Additional Contributors: Engels, Friedrich 1820-1895

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TylerGroves
Mar 30, 2017

lol most of the comments on this board are pretty hilarious. This, of course, is worth a read if only for its historical significance, and its lasting effect on present-day discourse is hard to miss. All people should read this, if only to decide what they think.

Marx should not be taken as a philosopher as much as a dialectic. His writing is a lens through which we can analyze, deconstruct- we can use him to make sense of things. Marx and Stalin had nothing to do with each other. Marx was the kind of thinker that comes around once every century or so, and an authoritarian murderer of a ruler who used socialism/communism as a means to ascend to power should not be conflated with this brilliant thinker. And whether you disagree with Marx or not (I often do), he is brilliant.

There are tons of online resources that help to make sense of Marx, e.g. podcasts or youtube series. Most of what I've seen has been accurate and very helpful, especially anything David Harvey is involved in. If you're looking for an intro into Marx, give him a search.

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BeanLord
Jan 05, 2017

THE BEST BOOK I'VE EVER READ THIS DESERVES TO BE OUR TRUE FORM OF GOVERNMENT!!! LONG LIVE RUSSIA!!!

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Davidf05
Nov 05, 2016

The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx is a propaganda manual that is embraced by the left that includes Barack Obama,Hillary Clinton & Bernie Sanders, to name a few. This propaganda manuel is also embraced in American society through education & healthcare. You should read this propaganda manuel to understand why America is where it is. FDR probably got the idea for social security and other failing government programs from this book.

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PearlyBaker
Apr 29, 2016

I would rather read the unabridged addition of War and Peace, again. This was the biggest load of rubbish I have read since the Book of Mormon. I trust the state even less than I trust the oligarchs and big business. However as a member of the proletariat I am not happy that I will most certainly have to work as a wage and debt slave until I die. So I do believe something needs to change but I am not nearly smart enough as to proffer an opinion on what that would be. Mayhap Winston Churchill was right when he said, "Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others." However I would argue that we no longer live in democracy or a republic, but more like an oligarchical, military imperialism, wrapped in the guise of a phony duopoly.

morrisonist May 09, 2015

a rape manual

morrisonist May 09, 2015

we defeated the Ruskies in the cold war, and coke in the cola war.

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Zebracate
Jun 01, 2011

Weather you are a fan of Marxian Theorism or not this book perfectly sets the premisis for many great nations the USA included. Without Marx, we probably wouldn't have many of the programs we have currently (Medicare, medicade, public schools, etc...) Which as we hate to adknowledge are socialist. And as we know, Socialism is an offspring of Marxian theorism, though I would like to quote Karl Marx, "If this is Marxism, then I am not Marx." I think this states that at the date of the creation of the quote, nobody had properly interpreted his original document, Das Kapital. I recommend that after reading The Communist Manifesto, you all read Das Kapital (now Capital) or vice versa because The Communist Manifesto is really a summary of Das Kapital as hardly anyone has the time or capasity to read the multiple volumes of Das Kapital.

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