The Communist Manifesto was conceived as an outline of the basic beliefs of the Communist movement. The authors believed that the European Powers were universally afraid of the nascent movement, and were condemning as "communist," people or activities that did not actually conform to what the Communists believed. This Manifesto, then, became a manual for their beliefs.
In it we find Marx and Engel's rehearsal of the idea that Capital has stolen away the work of the artisan and peasant by building up factories to produce goods cheaply. The efficiency of Capital depends, then, on the wage laborers who staff the factories and how little they will accept in order to have work. This concentrates power and money in a Bourgeois class that profits from the disunity of workers (Proletarians), who only receive a subsistence wage.
If workers unite in a class struggle against the bourgeois, using riot and strikes as weapons, they will eventually overthrow the bourgeois and replace them as a ruling class. Communists further believe in and lay out a system of reforms to transform into a classless, stateless society, thus distinguishing themselves from various flavors of Socialism, which would be content to have workers remain the ruling class after the revolution.
The Manifesto caused a huge amount of discussion for its support for a forcible overthrow of the existing politics and society.
A must read
This is a must read. However prior to reading, my firm suggestion is looking up the definition of communism, Socialism, and capitalism. Ask Siri for each definition take a screenshot and use this as your guide while reading or listening to this book. Keep a dictionary handy so you can look up any words in context that you may not be familiar with. And play close attention to what each chapter says in contrast to the following or preceding chapters. This book is written eloquently and thus you may find yourself falling in love with concepts that you do not completely understand. I think there anybody who reads this book and play close attention you’ll come to a conclusion, that you want to be the author of your own destiny, you want to own the things that you work for, and would rather that you Soli have influence over your income and your family values. Pay particular attention to the comments pertaining to the deconstruction of society, class warfare- classes waging war against one another, and deconstructing family. These are particularly concerning but something we should listen to.
After all the years of hearing about this book thought it would be interesting to read during these times. It was short and strange and a bunch of nonsense.
So the communist manifesto is really the first thing I see when I click audiobooks? Wow. Really says something about the big tech agenda, huh?! Lol wow