The Communist Manifesto

The Communist Manifesto

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The Communist Manifesto ,is the most influential political call-to-arms ever written. In the century and a half since its publication the world has been shaken repeatedly by those who sought to make its declamations a reality.

But the focus of this modern edition is not primarily the vivid history of Marx and Engels' most important work. Rather, with a characteristically elegant and acute introduction by the distinguished historian Eric Hobsbawm, it asserts the pertinence of the Manifesto today.

Hobsbawm writes that 'the world described by Marx and Engels in 1848 in passages of dark, laconic eloquence, is recognizably the world we live in 150 years later.' He identifies the insights which underpin the Manifesto's startling contemporary relevance: the recognition of capitalism as a world system capable of marshalling production on a global scale; its devastating impact on all aspects of human existence, work, the family and the distribution of wealth; and the understanding that, far from being a stable, immutable system, it is, on the contrary, susceptible to enormous convulsions and crisis, and contains the seeds of its own destruction.

For anyone skeptical of the triumphalism of the financial markets in recent years, who chooses to focus instead on the growing global divergence of rich and poor, the ravaging of the environment and the atomization of society, the Manifesto will appear as a work of extraordinary prescience and power.
Publisher: New York, NY : Verso, c1998.
ISBN: 9781859848982
1859848982
Characteristics: 87p
Additional Contributors: Engels, Frederick

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unpokeh
Feb 07, 2019

Marx would be proud that this great historical work was provided directly to the people instead of being sold through the hands of capitalist pigs.

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Les_J
Dec 08, 2018

For those unaware of the torture, pain, theft, murder, and slavery eventually brought about by this evil doctrine/theory/ideology , then read The Gulag Archipelago by Russian writer and historian Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Dec 07, 2018

A controversial book often shunned by its critics for good reason, since any country that adopted Marxism or communism has had a disastrous run and ended up dissolving. From famines in Soviet Russia to martial law in China, communism has failed time and again so why do people still bother reading the book that started it all. It is because in his book Marx diagnoses the problems that we all face in a capitalist system, from feeling useless to thinking our only worth is determined by how much money we can make. We often feel as if our labor is worth more than we make for it. It easy to point out the problems but hard to solve them and Marx is no exception he encourages class warfare and revolution to take back the wealth from those who have “stolen” it from you. It is this “solution” that has lead many communist countries to become strict dictatorships. This book deserves 2/5 since the solutions to said problems are actually worse than the problems. I recommend this book to those interested in the other side of economics the side that involves no free market but rather a tight grip on what can or can’t happen. Let this book also serve as a historical reminder to remind us of a noble idea that caused the unnecessary deaths of millions. @selfhelpguru of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

The communist manifesto is a historical book that has had a large impact historically and continuously today, one can say that this book is definitely controversial. This book established the meaning of communism, socialism and the concept of the bourgeoisie/proletariat. It is important to note that communism is a flawed theory made by Karl Marx that cannot be established especially in the political climate of the modern day era, still this book has given insight on different political ideologies and aconomics and how they effect society as a whole. I would definitely reccomend this book for someone that has an interest in politics, economy, business or history as the material in this book is rather dense and it would be advised to have some previous knowledge on said subject to really understand what Karl Marx is saying. Overall this book is quite interesting and should be read by everyone as it gives the reader insight on the past, the current era and possibly the future. It truly is a brilliant book. Rating: 4.5/5
- @TheCollector of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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TheGoblinCeasar
Jun 07, 2018

It is wierd, they Library said this book's genre is non-fiction, but that doesn't make sense because after skimming through it its total fiction. How is this non-fiction. This couldn't ever succesfully happen in real life.
Also BETTER DEAD THAN RED!!!!!

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mmterry
Apr 12, 2018

BETTER DEAD THAN RED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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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

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genericrobit
Feb 21, 2019

In the communist manifesto, Karl Marx highlights to suffrage of the proliferates, and provide an insight into the reality of the classes in the modern capitalist era, and trace it back to the feudal lifestyles of the early ages. It uses compelling rhetoric in combination with chilling realities of the abuse of power that exist in our society, to craft the text behind a major international movement

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