The Communist Manifesto
The Communist Manifesto is attributed to both Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, though Marx gets most of the credit for writing one of the world's most politically significant documents. It details the nature of the class struggles between the proletariat and the bourgeoisie, and the problems with capitalism.
It is a little cited fact that Marx's political philosophy championed democracy as a catalyst for his ideas. And since the Manifesto was written at a time when the only country in continental Europe with a real democracy was France, the philosophy seemed pretty radical. What we know as Communism today was a byproduct of Stalin and Lenin's version of Marx's ideas. Among these are a progressive income tax, universal education, the abolition of child-labor, centralization of the means of transport and communication... so, basically France. Marx and Engels' work can be seen as a naive worldview that would later be corrupted by one side and demonized by another. So read the Manifesto in its original state and come to your own conclusions.
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December 12, 2015
This turned me into a lesbian communist!!! Love it!!
November 18, 2015
Extremely interesting to read the original ideas.
April 03, 2014
#LuVCommUNiSt this is great yay comunisum
February 13, 2014
Long Live Stalin
January 22, 2014
I enjoyed the book and can see why others have seen relevance in the connection to todays world. However humans as a whole are programmed to want more and over reach and i truly beleive this is the reason it failed
January 06, 2014
ITS VERY NICE BOOK WRITEN BY KARL MARKS
Carla Peñarrubia Belmonte
December 06, 2013
Absolutely loved it. It's still applyable to modern times and if communism failed it was because the rulers were too selfish to do communism properly just like the church is too greedy to practice the poverty it preaches.
November 19, 2013
Peice of shit book
November 07, 2013
Beause i like this book
October 21, 2013
As I read the book, it kind of jumbled up and confused me. But after I looked back at what the book said, it all formed togather.
October 12, 2013
Quite interesting philosophical thought espousing several opinions and school of thoughts.
October 04, 2013
A book which envisions progress and unending prosperity though a centrally planned economy, only to fall victim to its own innefficient doctrines in practice. Should be read with hindsight along the lines of common sense and economic moderatism.
September 23, 2013
I liked this book
September 14, 2013
1star because there is no 0 stars. Just look to what communisem did to humens in it's being among them!
Elmer J Fap
September 09, 2013
I remember back in russia my great grandfather was a communist
August 29, 2013
It seems Marx's views are as relevant today as when they were written, people praise capitalism because of the useless luxury it provides, and tend to forget that other parts of the world basically sacrifice their own resources, we get our rare earth metals for cells phones from countries in constant struggle, the root of this struggle lies with us, we indirectly support militant governments that abuse it's people, until they start charging too much and then we just take it, all in the name of the dollar.
August 03, 2013
I've read this sometime ago, but wanted to just say two things: first, whoever said "this shows the russian side of communism" forgot to note that marx was a german and second the failing of communism probably had more to do with brutal leadership and corruption than the pitfalls of socialism, along with some debatable aspects of human nature and our relations to each other
May 29, 2013
I'm relatively certain that the only other review on here was written with some irony. If not, it should probably be read that way. Evaluating Marx is akin to evaluating the Bible, or The Declaration of Independance, or any other work whose place in history is entirely more important than its contents. Anyhow, setting aside whether or not this can serve as an efficient economic or social model, I highly recommend that anyone uninformed enough to evaluate this work, or have the audacity to critique poor Marx's life with what seems like a Fox News interpretation of a Yahoo answers posting (see Fox interpretations of Hobbes' Leviathan), read Peter Stallybrass's article, "marx's coat." and remember: Marx was a human being. Like you. And he struggled so much so that he had to sell his children's clothing so he could continue to write. Which is work. Whether or not you think so. Fool.
May 15, 2013
This is a satisfiying book
May 14, 2013
It works until you run out of other people's money. The only people who like this who never lived under Communism. If you think you want to try to live it I fly you free of charge ONE WAY to Communist Cuba or China. Marx never worked a day in his life. He set foot into a factory only once when he went there to borrow money from someone.
May 08, 2013
Relly good book
April 30, 2013
Sorry info on communism
April 30, 2013
It is a well writen book, & shows the Russians side to communism.
April 24, 2013
A human hisory of class struggle. Undeniable. Excellent read.
March 21, 2013
The only reason the Soviet Union and Communism in Russia fell is because Stalin worked away from what the Bolsheviks wanted, Communism, and he developed the Soviet Union to be Communist-Socialist, which doesn't work! Communism standing alone WILL work if a country tries it, but it WON'T work if you add Socialism too. Socialism is what doesn't work, and not Communism and Marx explains this very well and clearly.
March 21, 2013
Book was really good
March 13, 2013
Karl Marx is idealistic. The Human race is not evolved enough to care for the common good. Man will not put the needs of society above his own. Humans it seems as a race is still in its infancy. It will be a few generations or longer before we can achieve a utopian society where everyone is equal. It is a lovely notion by Karl Marx for wanting it.
March 06, 2013
Mother Russia b$&@hes
March 03, 2013
The book and author expects a perfect world. But we have to accept human race is greedy . The person who will be the head of the government will do corruption in communism . If a society is there will be problems. We Can abate it not end it as evolution of human race is based on greed and cruelty . So only way to abate problems is strict laws and mass education and scientific morale education and a mass diageerment on any thing wrong.
February 20, 2013
This book was written by a crazy person. Stalin killed more people than Hitler. Jews, Christians , and fellow Russians in his way. You think that that is a good social class???? The whole reason this book was written was so crazy people could rule over weaker people. Anyone who likes this book is as crazy as Stalin as brutal as Hitler and might as well shoot themselves.
February 18, 2013
I loved it but its hard to belive josef stalin went to prison for reading this. But its amazing that he turned out to be a brutal dictator
February 15, 2013
Completely agree especially about religion
January 10, 2013
This book definitely satisfied my thirst for knowledge on the topic of communism. Marx's idealistic way of presenting Communism was very compelling, but history has proven that such a system is is not ideal to any extent.
January 05, 2013
Capitalism is what built america, communism is what built russia. Which one you like better i would have to say America. Enough said.
January 04, 2013
Im bored. IreLly didnot read the book
December 06, 2012
December 04, 2012
Love the book fantastic detail
November 06, 2012
October 26, 2012
Great book that provides definite perspective about social class and systems
September 30, 2012
I apologize for my earlier post I'm actually Mitt Romney and i endorse communism.
September 21, 2012
It was ok cud use improvements
September 16, 2012
Certainly glad i spent the time to read this piece. Completely reshaped my personal understanding of communism philosophy.
September 13, 2012
Amazing that economic policy, politics and philosophy can be united as one in this book.
September 03, 2012
The best book i have ever read in my life
August 21, 2012
Language=Frederick Engels hahaha. No comment on the Manifesto but I thought I would point that out. Lolz
August 04, 2012
Its way out of the question at this point in time because people realize too much freedom of opportunity in our resent state. Mans natural ambition drives hi to want more than he has. Communism is a n obsolete concept.
June 14, 2012
Interesting to see the other sides point of view. Communism sounds like a well thought plan for government but I think history has proved otherwise. You need a political balance to make a system work. Communism would work if it was a perfect world, but human nature prevents it from succeeding. If you eliminate the upper-class, you eliminate the benefit of hard work which leaves no reason for the common man to work. Eventually when this is realized you begin to see a lack of work ethic, and in time an economic recession. This is what America is being lead to.
June 10, 2012
Some valid points, although the bourgeoise remarks I personally don't believe. It was worth the read.
June 10, 2012
Me personally of Russian decent found this very interesting
Heather Walker Stevenson
May 20, 2012
Fantastic read - this man knew what was going to happen well before it started - given the state of today's economic crisis it goes to show Capitalism also does not work and is destroying itself - Communism also does not work - mix it up!
April 27, 2012
With permanent economic crisis, endless government and employer attacks on working class living standards and a global world capitalist system, the Communist Manifesto is more relevant today than ever before.
April 12, 2012
More important for understanding the world than the bible! Classic work outlines the basic thoughts of Marx's historical materialism and offers proscriptive actions for workers and humanist movements to better their lives.
March 07, 2012
Timeless. Lucid. A guide to action. Bravo to M&E
March 02, 2012
February 21, 2012
This book is sour hair!
February 14, 2012
After reading the communist manifesto I understand why capitalism/free-trade/ industrialism decides to shut in such minded groups thus communism only helps the working class from the third party bourgeoisie who do nothing but take from the proletariat the working class.
February 07, 2012
This shows what truly is communism is not what north Korea is doing
January 21, 2012
Read it. Hate it. Screw communism.
January 09, 2012
This book never gets old.
January 07, 2012
Sounds like our present administration wants to do away the the U.S. Bourgois.
December 29, 2011
Loved this little red book!
December 17, 2011
This book is terrible. However, it is insanely interesting in the most unorthodox kind of way.
October 22, 2011
I do like it!