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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2006

    The Communist Manifesto

    William Murphy 04/05/?06 per. 2 The Communist Manifesto In Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels? book, The Communist Manifesto, Marx implies that no matter how important or how worthless you are, you are all equal. In Karl Marx?s historical nonfiction he mainly talks about having a classless society. In his book you have two classes 'the working class', also known as the proletarians, and 'the middle class', also known as the bourgeoisie. Karl Marx believed that the working class is the foundation of a surviving country, and as long as there was work, there was a working class. The Manifesto describes the struggle that the proletarians had when they were first created. As industry advanced, the number of workers increased, which made them realize that the working class was the majority and that they control the means of production. Karl Marx made the bourgeoisie the antagonist of the book. He tried to show you the negative things of the middle class such as how lazy and disrespectful they were to the working class. The setting of this book takes place all around the world, because Karl Marx had many followers of his beliefs. No country has ever succeeded in creating a communist society. In order to have a communist society there needs to be economic equality, no government, people own the 'Means of production', and no classes. 'The communists disdain, unworthy of one's consideration or respect, to conceal their views and aims. They openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions. Let the ruling classes tremble at a communist revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. WORKINGMEN OF ALL COUNTRIES, UNITE!' Karl Marx ends the Manifesto with that quote. What disappointed me about this book is how his communistic ideas never succeeded. You will never know if a communist society is a better method of running a country. I give this book a thumbs up and would suggest it to everyone.

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  • Posted March 21, 2009

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    very good book except for...

    The Communist Manifesto in all it's glory is an essential to add to anyone's library. The only problem I had with the book is having to read The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte afterwards. It is a very boring and dull part in the book. If you plan to buy this, it is only worth reading the Communist Manifesto and the Theses on Feurbach.

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