The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

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Ancient Recitations on Nov 24, 2015

The Communist Manifesto is a political pamphlet written by German philosophers Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. First published in 1848 in London, the manifesto helped fuel the Spring of Nations revolutions of the same year.

The manifesto is an examination of historical and (then) contemporary class struggles, framing all of history as a series of class struggles between the haves and the have-nots. It also details how communism could be implemented in Western, economically-liberal societies by means of transitioning through socialism.

Read it online.

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  24. Thanks for posting this Lo. I read it when I was about sixteen, probably quite soon after Kennedy was assassinated.

    As an enthusiast for the cultural avant-garde, I found myself in complete agreement with its radical ethos that communicated its obvious sense to my youthful, rebellious and establishment-alienated self. Growing up in bleak, class-ridden Britain, this was also when Private Eye, Carnaby Street, Mary Quant and then, the Beatles & Biba were starting to claim our attention and attract our participatory engagement.

    So it will be interesting to revisit this text in a more mature frame of mind, and also from the deeper context I am now more conversant with; like C19th French radicalism, the emergence of the British Labour movement, and the enormously significant metaphysical, scientific and creative developments of the early 1900’s.

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