The Communist Manifesto (Illustrated) - Chapter Three: The Proletariat

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"OWING TO THE EXTENSIVE USE OF MACHINERY, AND TO THE DIVISION OF LABOUR, THE WORK OF THE PROLETARIANS HAS LOST ALL INDIVIDUAL CHARACTER, AND, CONSEQUENTLY, ALL CHARM FOR THE WORKMAN. HE BECOMES AN APPENDAGE OF THE MACHINE, AND IT IS ONLY THE MOST SIMPLE, MOST MONOTONOUS, AND MOST EASILY ACQUIRED KNACK, THAT IS REQUIRED OF HIM.

AS THE REPULSIVENESS OF THE WORK INCREASES, THE WAGE DECREASES. NAY MORE, IN PROPORTION AS THE USE OF MACHINERY AND DIVISION OF LABOUR INCREASES, IN THE SAME PROPORTION THE BURDEN OF TOIL ...

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"OWING TO THE EXTENSIVE USE OF MACHINERY, AND TO THE DIVISION OF LABOUR, THE WORK OF THE PROLETARIANS HAS LOST ALL INDIVIDUAL CHARACTER, AND, CONSEQUENTLY, ALL CHARM FOR THE WORKMAN. HE BECOMES AN APPENDAGE OF THE MACHINE, AND IT IS ONLY THE MOST SIMPLE, MOST MONOTONOUS, AND MOST EASILY ACQUIRED KNACK, THAT IS REQUIRED OF HIM.

AS THE REPULSIVENESS OF THE WORK INCREASES, THE WAGE DECREASES. NAY MORE, IN PROPORTION AS THE USE OF MACHINERY AND DIVISION OF LABOUR INCREASES, IN THE SAME PROPORTION THE BURDEN OF TOIL ALSO INCREASES..."

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  • ISBN-13: 9781926958026
  • Publisher: Red Quill Books
  • Publication date: 6/18/2012
  • Pages: 36
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.09 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Essential Text for Everyone

    For those people who are confused by communism or opposed to it, I highly encourage you to read this remarkable text to understand what it is. Many people still debate about how "communism" has been practiced in the world and how it has had devastating effects on socity. Communism, in fact, has yet to be practiced. By reading this text, you will be able to clearly understand what Marx had in mind, and you will be able to discuss his political theory with an education and understanding. Don't let your opinions on communism be formed by what the skeptics say! This work, including others of Marx, illustrate what his ideas are and one will see that the "communism" that has been put into practice doesn't resemble his ideals at all!

    13 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2009

    A VERY DIFFERENT EDITION

    No, the Pathfinder edition of the Communist Manifesto is not introduced by "renowned social theorist David Harvey," whoever he is. It's introduced by renowned world revolutionary Leon Trotsky. Trotsky's approx. 12 pg. introduction written in 1937 is (along with the prefaces by Marx and Engels) worth more than all the other hundreds of introductions put together. This is the best edition.

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2009

    Very hard to read all the way!

    This was honestly one of the most boring books I've ever read. I'm in complete opposite of the Marx Opinion!

    7 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 7, 2010

    Was this guy serious ?

    This ideology is a big failure. Marx basically combined Anarchism ( which i don't agree with it from the start because is impossible to live in a society without laws) with his own ideology and that's how Communism was born. Some people says that actually Communism never existed before because no Communist leader ( Stalin, Ceausescu ) ever respect what's in this book. Well if you study a little bit Communism in his existence you will find out that most of the Marxist theory were fully respected, such as classless people. However Communism did not worked because the ideology itself can't work. Never ever i read such a childish book, written for kids who dream with their eyes open.

    6 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2006

    What Marx and Engels really wrote

    In this particular edition of the Communist Manifesto, the reader is treated to an introduction by Leon Trotsky, one of the central leaders of the Russian Revolution as well as some correspondence from Marx and Engels. But it is the Manifesto itself which bears repeated readings and discussion. How could such a short work have been the basis for revolutions around the world? It is due I think to the fundamental points made: i.e. that workers of the world must unite---as they have more in common with each other than their own national rich and powerful. In very brief but cogent explanations, Marx and Engels give a concise history of mankind and prove that all history in the 'history of class struggles'. Be it feudal lords and serfs or autoworkers and General Motors, it is still the truth.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Most Profound of all Socio-Economic Literature

    The Communist Manifesto is probably the most misinterpreted and misused book in history, (probably second to the Bible). Though it may need few revisions to be applicable to the 21st Century global economy, the core message remains universal and timeless. Marx says that if globalisation is inevitable, workers must rise up to see to it that it serves for the best interests of all humanity. Though he wanted socialism to be established as a phase in fully industialised countries, history had other plans leading to the 1917 revolution in the backward feudal Russian Empire. Manay praise this book, a few curse it, but no one can ignore it. Simply, timeless.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    This is a book made for a child

    This book is a child story about a man who wants to take trading out of the world and trys to spark a revolution agaist the rich. Robin Hood with stupidity. With out rich we have nothing but Government. Government wants to take us over they will under Marxism. In China Communism kills religious practice. Karl was a spoiled brat who got money from his rich friend... So what is Capitalism? Free Trade, Property ownage, The right to work hard to get ahead. Communism? Mama government gives you food and water for work... Free healthcare sounds good but, nothing is really free. Government runs it, you gotta do what they say "but I don't wana have surgery it's against my religion" WELP TO BAD! Government owns you! So dear Communist and Socialist: Retardism is your real Party.

    3 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2006

    Important to history but not economics

    The Communist Manifesto has resulted in some of the greatest tragedy and terrible genocide the world has ever seen (ex. Soviet Union, North Korea, and China). Its effects on history is immense and sad. Only in this context should the book be read. The economic theory the book presents is flawed yet unfourtunately tempting for many who wish to live in a world free of the responsibility and liberty of private ownership. A world free of economic liberty is also a world free of personal choice. For all you communist out there, and anyone interested in the relationship between socialism and totalitarianism, I recommend that you read 'The Road to Serfdom' by Hayek. The Communist Manifesto is important only to history and its economic theory should be abandoned.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2010

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    Whoa!

    So believe it or not, I turned into a crispy kritter reading this book at the beach. Yea, I know I have no concept of lite reading. But, I had to read it, hearing that Marx's ideas were unrealistic and time has proven that point. I disagree. I have actually found many of Marx's and Engles ideas in the book has come true. I'm not going to give anything away, plus this would be the longest review in history. You have to read with a open and critical mind, I will admit it is a little dry if your not used to reading this type of books.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2010

    Karl Marx was really on to something...

    This is a great book espousing what is, at least "in theory", the most fair social and economic system of principles in existence. However practical it is "in practice", that's another question. But a must-read for every citizen, whatever one's political persuasion, especially for those with a particular interest in sociology, economics, politics, and the role that government can play in bettering our lives. This is one of the great manifestos for all mankind. When we look at the politics and economics of today's modern democracy, we see how a few at the top are getting rich and phat off the sweat of the masses, just as Karl Marx says. I still prefer capitalism overall for all the individual opportunity and freedom it allows, but still, our modern-day economic problems have certainly proven the serious fallbacks and excesses of our dog-eat-dog capitalist system. It's basically one man exploiting another for personal financial gain in the name of money, basically, greed. The collective good is sacrificed to individualism. This is true. Buy this book and read it, it's fascinating.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2002

    A BETTER WORLD IS POSSIBLE

    Because of the tragic disasters of Stalinism, Maoism and other horrendous fascistic dictatorial regimes, the very word 'communism' brings with it many pejoratives. These misconceptions must be dispelled, and the Communist Manifesto can do that. It is clear that the current politco-ecomic model (i.e american capitalism) is failing so many people of the world; oppressing their democratic rights, and keeping them in repressed, subjigated conditions with little to eat or drink and nowhere to live. A better world must be built - a truly democratic world, ran by the people, for the people, not by the rich, for the rich as today's society is. Although the Communist Manifesto is specific to its time, its sentiments and programmes for a better world are still applicable today, and all those wishing to fight inequality, injustice and oppression should read this pamphlet. It is an essential for all revolutionaries.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    Irony

    Am I the only one seeing the irony here? BUYING the Communist Manifesto? Anyone? No? Just me? Oh well, it's a nice socio-economic commentary on the 1800s, if you're into that. If you change you're views on socialism or capitalism because of it then I geuss that Marx achieved what he was trying to do: educating the proletariat of his views.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

    Karl Marx quote

    From each according to his ability to each according to his need.
    -Karl Marx

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2009

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    Irrelevant but still thought provoking

    Marx and Engels truly had a plan in 1848. This manifesto is extremely intersting even today but its flaws are many. I recommend this to anyone who plans on reading into Lenin or the Bolshevik Revolution.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2007

    A reviewer

    The communist manifesto was a good way to understand the thought process behind the Communist system. The book provides a knowledgeable understanding to the ideas created by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels. I would reccomend the book to readers interested in understanding the customs of the Communist party. However, the language used in the book is very reminiscent of the time in which it was written. It is full of definitions of older words that we rarely use today. Only readers motivated on learning about the topic would have the ability to finish Communist Manifesto without hesitation. Overall, a well written, first hand account of Karl Marx and Frederick Engels ideas on the topic of Communism.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2004

    A wonderful therory

    Karl Marx had the perfect plan for the perfect utopia. The problem with his plan was that the world is not perfect. None the less, this book is a great read for a very broad educaation. The 'Communist Manifesto' makes communism seem like the perfect government, the only problem is no one can seem to find a truly impartial leader.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    Communism

    Interesting: it provides great insight into the minds of great communist leaders and the extreme side of socialism

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2013

    Sociology's favorite torture move

    I had to read this for the first time in graduate school and it was not as painful as I originally thought. It was definitely a better read than The German Ideology.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    Communism

    Jugding from the nay reviews, it seems to me that many people missed the point. Karl Marx's beliefs were not practical. But they had some good in them. People in the reviews are jugding Marx's beliefs based on they way communism has been used. But that is not What Marx's really had in mind. Dictators have taken Marx's ideas and have used them, as humans usually do, for bad. That ia not Marx's fault. Marx had intended communism to be positive and helpful, but i would agree that he didnl not take into account that humans can not be trusted. So the point is: "true communism has been used, and because of human nature will be used as it was originally thought up."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2013

    Provides an interesting idea on viewing the world

    Though, as time has shown, communism has its flaws and has continuously procured a dictorial rule, it provides an idealist's view on how the world COULD, and I emphasize could, work if all indivduals put forth their best. We would all recieve the benefits of our comullative work and would progress far faster than we do today. However, as I said before, it has yet to work.

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