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<DIV><DIV><DIV>"the greatest charter of our movement." --Rosa Luxemburg </DIV><DIV> </DIV><DIV>"an integral and systematic exposition of [Marx's] doctrine ... the best to this day." Lenin "laid the foundation for modern socialism." --Karl Kautsky</DIV></DIV></DIV>

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Karl Marx (1818-1883) was a German philosopher, political economist, historian, political theorist, sociologist, communist, and revolutionary, whose ideas played a significant role in the development of modern communism. Marx summarized his approach in the first line of chapter one of The Communist Manifesto, published in 1848: "The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles." Marx argued that capitalism, like previous socioeconomic systems, would inevitably produce internal tensions which would lead to its destruction. Just as capitalism replaced feudalism, he believed socialism would, in its turn, replace capitalism, and lead to a stateless, classless society called pure communism. This would emerge after a transitional period called the "dictatorship of the proletariat": a period sometimes referred to as the "workers state" or "workers' democracy". In section one of The Communist Manifesto Marx describes feudalism, capitalism, and the role internal social contradictions play in the historical process: We see then: the means of production and of exchange, on whose foundation the bourgeoisie built itself up, were generated in feudal society. At a certain stage in the development of these means of production and of exchange, the conditions under which feudal society produced and exchanged...the feudal relations of property became no longer compatible with the already developed productive forces; they became so many fetters. They had to be burst asunder; they were burst asunder. Into their place stepped free competition, accompanied by a social and political constitution adapted in it, and the economic and political sway of the bourgeois class. A similar movement is going on before our own eyes.... The productive forces at the disposal of society no longer tend to further the development of the conditions of bourgeois property; on the contrary, they have become too powerful for these conditions, by which they are fettered, and so soon as they overcome these fetters, they bring order into the whole of bourgeois society, endanger the existence of bourgeois property.Marx argued for a systemic understanding of socio-economic change.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ International Publishers Co; New edition (February 7, 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 48 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0717802418
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0717802418
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 18 years and up
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2.08 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5 x 0.25 x 7.75 inches
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3.0 out of 5 stars Capitalist selling anti-capitalist literature
By JoshuaEW on January 9, 2021
Small, definitely pocket sized, shorter than expected for such a reviled book. I would recommend tearing out the 2020 Publisher’s Forward for an enhanced experience, free bookmark, or just buy from a company that doesn’t try to advance their own agenda while capitalizing on beliefs they find particularly egregious.

While the publisher would like to ask that all those reading this work keep in mind the “millions” of people whose lives and livelihoods have been destroyed by those seeking to implement the idea that classist systems should be abolished and the people should own and profit off the means of their own production, while I would like the ask that all those reading this work keep in mind the millions bought and sold into slavery in support of the capitalist system with which we still abide, keep in mind the millions bought and sold into slavery today by wealthy people who want cheap labor, keep in mind the millions currently incarcerated in private for profit prisons who can also legally be used as slave labor in the United States. Keep in mind the millions of people who live in poverty in the wealthiest nations in the world. Keep in mind the tens of millions with medical and school debt in one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Keep in mind the millions who would be financially ruined if they were to lose their jobs while their wealthy employers who provide little to no labor yet take in capital can hide behind an LLC if their company goes belly up.

Keep in mind that there has never been a country in the world to actually implement a communist social structure, since it would be impossible if you were wholly self sufficient. There is no hierarchy, there is no currency, you provide what you can and get what you need.

Keep in mind that the basic idea of communism has already been implemented as solutions to the failings of capitalism both private and public worldwide. Insurance is a system in which we all contribute what we can, and receive what we need even if it exceeds our contributions. The police, public roads, fire department, public education system, the government itself, we all contribute what we can of our labor, of our money, and we receive what we need in return.

If you are going to read this book, this theory, keep in mind that the alternative is that the ruling classes, whoever they may be, are in their rightful station above you. To advocate against communism is to advocate against the working class, the middle class, blue collar people who have to work constantly just to stay alive. You’re advocating for the massively wealthy to contribute no labor to the system they created and still get a cut of the pie because they own it. You are advocating against people keeping the value of their own labor under cooperative systems in which they don’t just contribute to the means of production but also are a part owner.

If you expect communists to accept, understand, and abide by your capitalism, the absolute least you could do is understand their communism.
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Bought this so I can learn how to live in Joe Biden’s America. A great manual for those looking to survive.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Printed incorrectly
By nick brooker on September 8, 2017
Got my copy and pages 9 through 40 are inverted and upside down. The entire book is goofed up because of this. I'm not pleased.
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No one asked for this, but still...
Okay first advice: keep a dictionary around(or the Google assistant).
One might say that this book is too much information in a short number of pages (me being 'one'), but we have to understand that Karl(my childhood friend) is trying to explain the entire idea of communism(which is kind of complex) in less than a 100 pages(that's a manifesto). The book is amazing. It makes you understand communism to the core and what it stands for. The sentences are too long with too many commas. Bear with it. Oh yeah and you'll have to actually pay attention while reading(it's not Percy Jackson), or else it won't make sense at all. This book makes you want to rebel but then you realize your family belongs to the bourgeoisie and not the proletariat (and then you thank god that India is capitalist). I know you didn't understand those words. Bourgeoisie: middle class (kind of upper middle class)
Proletariat: working class, the one who work on minimum wage
Chill, even I googled this.
The book is full of words, which if used in random conversations, can make you look extremely knowledgeable.
Now comes the main question, would this book make you a communnist?! The answer lies in the impressionability of your mind. I personally think it wouldn't because the communist movement wasn't for the class of the society that you belong to. Maybe your maid or your driver might become a communist after reading this book. But then again, if they are able to understand these long comma filled sentences they wouldn't be doing what they are doing in the first place.🙂
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