Now Reading The Communist Manifesto & Other Writings

Just yesterday, I began reading Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels’s The Communist Manifesto and Other Writings.  I thought it was a good time to read something a little more philosophical in nature.  Why would I decide to read this particular book?  Well, part of the reason is to understand a bit of history.  The other reason being, I think the concept of communism is misunderstood by many of us.  Plus, I simply would like to understand the argument for a communist system.

Additionally, given some of the remarks some of our political leaders are making about Wall Street, financial/regulatory reform of Wall Street/banks, massive profits, and treatment of workers, I thought it would be interesting to see how many of these statements are based on this philosophical text.  So that’s one of the questions I’m seeking to answer for myself as I read this book.

I’m reading the Barnes and Noble classics version of the book.  Here is what the back of the book states:

Largely ignored when it was first published in 1848, Karl Marx and Freidrich Engels’s The Communist Manifesto has become one of the most widely read and discussed social and political testaments ever written.  its ideas and concepts have not only become part of the intellectual landscape of Western civilization:  They form the basis for a movement that has, for better or worse, radically changed the world.

The Manifesto argues that history is a record of class struggle between bourgeoisie, or owners, and the proletariat, or workers.  In order to succeed, the bourgeoisie must constantly build larger cities, promote new products, and secure cheaper commodities, while eliminating large numbers of workers in order to increase profits without increasing production–a scenario that is perhaps even more prevalent today than in 1848.  Calling upon the workers of the world to unite, the Manifesto announces a plan for overthrowing the bourgeoisie and empowering the proletariat.

This volume also includes Marx’s The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte (1852), one of the most brilliant works every written on the philosophy of history, and Theses on Feuerbach (1845), Marx’s personal notes about new forms of social relations and education.


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Husband, book lover, Civil War Buff. If I could read for a living I would, but unfortunately, it doesn't pay the bills!

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