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on April 21, 2016
Marx and Engels warned us almost a century & a half ago in this visionary book. Der Kapitalism will self destruct, they predicted.
Why? Occupy Wall Streat coined the phraseology, , "The One Per Cent." but those protesters in the streets of NYC were the living proof of the communist manifesto. Odd to know that probably only a small number of Occupiers had even known about, much less read The Communist Manifesto.
"Look behind to tomorrow; look ahead to the past. "(Margaret Laurence)
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on April 16, 2004
In reading some of the reviews below, it becomes quite evident that many of the readers who gave this book a low rating have never actually read the book. People generally think they understand communism based on their knowledge of the Soviet Union, or North Korea, or China, or Vietnam, etc. Based on this "knowledge," they judge Marx's ideas to be either unrealistic or just plain bloody without reading the book itself. The reality, however, is that one cannot know communism through the experiences of 20th century history since communism as Marx and Engels envisioned it has not existed on this planet. Furthermore, one cannot understand Marx's ideas only through the reading of this book.
The Communist Manifesto was written as a political pamphlet, and thus is written like a piece of propaganda. Marx does not discuss in great deal some significant points in his theory. He doesn't discuss the dialectic in great detail, nor does he discuss his view on human nature a great deal. Most people are unaware of Marx's view on human nature, and this has led to him being labeled an "idealist," and communism labeled "utopian."
This book gets 4 stars from me for two reasons. Based on historical importance alone, this book should receive 5 stars. Given its amazing significance, it seems ridiculous to me that someone could give this book one or no stars. I may not be a Christian, but I'd give the Bible 5 stars just because of its tremendous historical importance. That being said, I only give the Manifesto 4 stars because, as a representation of Marx's ideas, it is incomplete, and I think in many ways, it contributes to the general lack of understanding of Marx that is so common today. People think they understand the philosophy of communism after reading just the Manifesto, and that false sense of knowledge only makes them seem that much more ignorant.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon April 18, 2016
A concept born in a simpler time used as an excuse for many things from Socialism to controlled capitalism. As with any pivotal work, one should read it for his/her self. There is always the chance of misinterpretation by an individual, but if you do not read this then you are just accepting someone's word anyway.

This is more than an economics book it is a way of life. It sounds good on paper but makes many assumptions. Instead of worrying about workability, look at the logic that is built on assumptions of that time (written, in 1848). Add this to your library.

You can pick a side (pro or con) and make a stand if you like; but look at the size of this book and realize that many people will just use the title and build their own case. You will have read the real thing.

Be sure to balance it with “The Capitalist Manifesto" by Louis O. Kelso

The Capitalist Manifesto by Louis O. Kelso and Mortimer J. Adler
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon December 4, 2013
A concept born in a simpler time used as an excuse for many things from Socialism to controlled capitalism. As with any pivotal work, one should read it for his/her self. There is always the chance of misinterpretation by an individual, but if you do not read this then you are just accepting someone's word anyway.

This is more than an economics book it is a way of life. It sounds good on paper but makes many assumptions. Instead of worrying about workability, look at the logic that is built on assumptions of that time (written, in 1848). Add this to your library.

You can pick a side (pro or con) and make a stand if you like; but look at the size of this book and realize that many people will just use the title and build their own case. You will have read the real thing.

Be sure to balance it with "The Capitalist Manifesto" by Louis O. Kelso

The Capitalist Manifesto by Louis O. Kelso and Mortimer J. Adler
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This is a book that changed the world. Anyone that finds the writings of various economic view points to be of interest, will not be disappointed by this book.
Marx and Engles seem to feel the only way that the lower classes can break out of their situation, is through Communism.
You have to realize that the lower classes had been trapped in poverty for over a thousand years. I think you can understand that Marx and Engels thought this situation would never change under the current set of social conditions. This false conclusion, is what sets the manifesto in the wrong direction. Capitalism has created a huge middle class, and prosperity beyond anything a person 200 years ago could have imagined.
Abolition of private property, is really what communism is all about.
There seems to be a never ending list of people that believe one day, communism will work. I am not one of them.
An interesting note about Friedrich Engels, he was a successful capitalist. He had a seat on the Liverpool Stock Exchange.
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on November 6, 2003
Communism is not, like what a lot of people think it is(especially here in North America thanks to the Cold War), a Russian thing that is evil, corrupt and worthless. Communism is an ideology like any other, found on the far left of the political spectrum(opposite of Fascism).
Once you realize how different the vision of the Manifesto is compared to Communism in reality, you start to see why it failed. The vision of it in this book is radically different from the Soviet Union of Socialist Republics.
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on December 2, 2003
Obviously, Karl Marx as a great thinker unmasked the blueprint of a communist type of state. in his communist manifesto, he revealed and predicted the pattern for the best state that never materialized. he had the vision of a type of government that will benefit the prolectrate, though it was astoundingly powerful to run, but it failed in the shrouds of capitalist.
it never emerged, because capitalists were self-centered and greedy, comunism is only seen by the masses as being good, to the rich, it was bad, even an omen since capitalists are profited oriented. in this manifesto, the versatile genius decodes how a unique and immaculate community should be ruled by maping out strategic standards for the smooth operation of a perfect communist state. it pains see the fall of communism and the rise of capitalism to imperialism and now globalization, thereby eliminating the elements and properties of a communist society.
Karl Marx forcast the evils of capitalism when he saw how the poor are malginalized as a result of their lack of access to state power. he tries to shun the arrogant ways of capitalism and usher in a new trend of economy system which is communism. but it is a pity that today, the former has eraesed the latter to take up the scene and unless communism stands, there will never be a better governance for equality and transparency. but capitalism has gone too far to be destroyed and it will continue to grow and advance. it has grown from its original stage into imperialism and now it has fully blown into globalization.
the auther was a great thinker, he designed this blueprint for the best society in the globe, it is a socio-political and economic structure well study and presented for a republic without any form of biaz or choas, but it was murdered in the process of advancing into maturity. even at his death, no one will ever have his hopes, dreams and aspiration for a better society with the best Blueprint ever programmed.
Though he state the factors of a state, he never oppossed values, conflicts or rights, rather his system was meant to restore dignity to man and prosper him through integrity, giving to every man according to his needs, you dont have more than, and you wont have less than, it is to be contempted at your level. the book is nice, though non scholars could find it too ambigious to quantify and understand but it is the real expertized and genuis touch. it has a perfect polishing and the best finishing ever, why not go take a glimps at its contents, you may find it nourishing than blueberries. but as controversial as it is, it has failed and will never rise again. just feel my pains. a good work that died. go get it. dont forget, its for keeps.
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on July 7, 2003
The origins of private property and the subsequent capitalization of the world, leveraging on that property along with the cruel effects of industrial reveution is what made Engels and Marx write this manifesto. And it is worth a serious reading. Most of the points the authors stress are as relevant today as they were 150 years back. The mundane lives of the working class people, their strugle to make ends meet while the upper class with their means to capital enjoy life was disturbing to the angry Marx and he proposed a complete overhaul of that system. The book begins with understanding how once upon a time all land belonged to all people but later on a few got hands on the property to control many. The few versus many, the us versus them resounds throughout the book. The authors (in strong language) talk about the perils of capitalism, stressing on the delitirious effects of evil corporations (Without seeing FightClub :) that had turned most of the citizens of the world, slaves to the capital controlling masters. The puppets of these masters lack the means of production. And Marx hits the capitalists by attacking that the common man can never get the control over production, hence his life depends of the vagaries of busines cycles and his master. A good point, but the solution given is not very practical. While revolution might not feed the hunger, entrepreneurship will and this is what is ignored totally by Engels and Marx. The authors are more concerned about the distribution of wealth, than creation of new wealth. Wealth cannot be created by spilling blood or regime changes. It has to be created in the old fasioned way of hard work...etc! The manifesto is a copy every man interested in economics should have. It gives deep insights into philosophy, history, economics and psychology. Its a great reading and a powerfull one at the same time, a little flawed? Well, history has shown that.
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on May 28, 2003
The Communist Manifesto is cited, quoted and refered to way too often in refrence to Marxist thinking. It is not an explanation of Communism, but an introduction. Much of it is outdated, and it often refers to schools of thought and ideas long since out of date. It is not meant to explain how Communism or Marxism should be carried out, just give you the VERY basic outline of thinking. For that one should read Das Capital. The document itself is only twenty or thrity pages long, and can be read, even analyticaly in a matter of hours. When you read it, don't bother buying it. Seeing as it is immensely short instead go to a site ... and read it there (being so old it isn't copywritten). In buying the book you just purchase a bunch of critisisms and introductions. I severly recommend you read this, but don't amke your judgements of Marxism based on it. Instead, read it alongside Das Capital which will give you a much more detailed and clear understanding of how it should be carried out. Only then can one see the distinct differences between Soviet (Stalinism, Trotskyism, Leninism), Cuban, Chinese (Maoism), Vietnamese, and Korean Communism, vs. what was actually said by Marx. Everyone should read Marx, no matter what your political alignment, but don't start with "The Manifesto". Despite it's pretty language to seemingly aim toward an uneducated audience, you'll walk away a bit confused. Start with Das Capital and work your way here. It will make a lot more sense.
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on May 17, 2003
Those of you that have attacked this are ridiculous. First of all read the bloody title its a Manifesto of the Communist Party in no way does it have to reveal the way communism should or would work. It gives the general views of a the communist party as an international organisation. Also if this is the only thing that you have read on communism and Karl Mark then you are a fool. Go read Das Kapital before you make unjust decisions on communism and Karl Marxs ideas. I mean this is only a pamplet. I'll admit that communism, as in the Soviet form, failed. But marxism and soviet communism are two very different things. When the the Russian Revolution took place you can not say that it was Marx at the frontline because it just wasn't. Lenin was the leader and yes he was influenced by Marx. But by dismissing communism because of the Soviet Union is like dismissing Christianity because of the atrocious acts such as the Spanish Inquisition happened in its name or the slaughter of many native americans due to manifest destiny. Stalin bastardized communism and it will stand at that. The fact that someone suggested to read Wealth of Nations was good but there intentions are sick. If the poor fool can not see the depravity that has resulted from capitalism (poverty, third world debt, etc.) then they are foolish. Capitalism works because it runs of the greed. And as far as the "American Dream" thats ... families come hear and get burned alive by our unfair economy. I quite frankly think that it is unfair that people such as Bill Gates are at the top with billions were as my family is struggling to get out of debt. The "american dream" amounts to a dream of exploitation. And dont say comments like "ask the russians if they like communism or if their economy is good or look how many died?" because i already said Stalin bastardized communisim and marxs ideas. Think before you write.
as for customers, buy this, buy Wealth of Nations, buy Das Kapital their all great.
I like this edition because it as the prefaces of many different releases and its cheap.
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