First off, the whole thing is bogged down by corrupt ideas perpetrated by the intellectually dishonest against selfish working folk, most of whom wish only for a roof overhead and food for their children. Then of course there is the mandatory doomsday scenario woven throughout the subtext. If pursued, I saw a clear path toward destruction. Clearly, this wouldn't be positive for the average Joe and Mary, if not for the entire human race, real bummer. Naturally enough (spoiler alert!) there is a foundational set of bankrupt ideas cast as a magical super deep philosophy, but is trashy classism. I rate it at 3 out of 5 stars as it is kinda preachy, aka propaganda! PS. I didn't read the whole book as it was bound to end up in bloodshed and the violent deaths of millions (and Marx ain't no Vince Flynn). Seriously, what's the point?
This book is more of an inflamatory phamphlet than an intellectual overview of an ideology. But still it is unique and pretty interesting. The bourgeoisie, having taken control from the feudal structures the means of production in the unrestrained capitalist system, overproduces, overextends, speculates itself into great trouble and has to compete with new foreign markets. During this process the proletariat has its wages forced downward, becomes nothing more than appendages of machines. The proletariat become united in their increasing oppression and increasingly organise to fight the bourgeoisie. The bourgeoise is overthrown, with the petite bourgeois somewhere in between depending on the circumstances. It is inevitable that the proletariat will overthrow the bourgeoisie and set up a "dictatorship of the proletariat" which will transition society to one which will be "an association in which the free development of each is the condition for the free development of all." It is pretty clear, regardless of Bakunin's fulminations, that Marx and Engels hardly had in mind the dictatorship "of the proletariat" that Lenin set up. They seemed to have had in mind the Paris Commune of 1871.
The Communist Manifesto finds Kind Uncle Karl and his longtime companion Joseph taking a whimsical tour of Industrial Revolution England. There, with the help of a few pieces of disposable furniture, and Joseph's deep pockets, Uncle Karl is able to follow his dream and declare Revolution. Uncle Karl and Joseph manage to evade the sinister Boo-shwa Conspiracy, as they look for their proletariat friends (including the lovable "Che" and the wise-cracking "Vladmir"). Together, they must overcome the odds, unite a people, and find a way to feed Uncle Karl's starving children. Read the book that made olive-drab fatigues popular! Be a hit at your next college pot-party. And don't forget to pick up Das Kapital - Uncle Karl's magnum opus, in which he proves that while there may be limited means of economic production in the world, there's no limit on German words!