The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

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Originally posted Oct. 28, 2017

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The Communist Manifesto was conceived as an outline of the basic beliefs of the Communist movement. The authors believed that the European Powers were universally afraid of the nascent movement, and were condemning as “communist,” people or activities that did not actually conform to what the Communists believed. This Manifesto, then, became a manual for their beliefs.

In it we find Marx and Engel’s rehearsal of the idea that Capital has stolen away the work of the artisan and peasant by building up factories to produce goods cheaply. The efficiency of Capital depends, then, on the wage laborers who staff the factories and how little they will accept in order to have work. This concentrates power and money in a Bourgeois class that profits from the disunity of workers (Proletarians), who only receive a subsistence wage.

If workers unite in a class struggle against the bourgeois, using riot and strikes as weapons, they will eventually overthrow the bourgeois and replace them as a ruling class. Communists further believe in and lay out a system of reforms to transform into a classless, stateless society, thus distinguishing themselves from various flavors of Socialism, which would be content to have workers remain the ruling class after the revolution.

The Manifesto caused a huge amount of discussion for its support for a forcible overthrow of the existing politics and society. (Summary by Mark F. Smith)

Section 1 – Bourgeois and Proletarians by Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels — 00:00:00​

Section 2 – Proletarians and Communists by Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels — 00:36:00​

Section 3 – Socialist & Communist Literature; & Section 4 – Position of the Communists in Relation to the Various Existing Opposition Parties by Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels — 00:59:23​

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The Revolutionary Dictatorship of the Proletariat, by Birrion Sondahl

The Difference Between Socialism, Communism, and Marxism Explained by a Marxist

Definitions: The Bourgeoisie by Gaither Stewart

Definitions: The Proletariat by Gaither Stewart

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What If Workers Ran Society? by Elizabeth Schulte

Understanding Marx by William T. Hathaway

Getting started with Marx and Engels by Todd Chretien

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  6. Great summer reading for about the 100th time. Everytime I read his works something new pops up as I look around the world today. I would suggest another book, that must be audio too, Lenin’s work called Imperialism the Highest Stage of Capitalism. Written 100 years ago Lenin nailed it perfectly.

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