The Communist Manifesto

  • by Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels
  • Narrated by Austin Vanfleet
  • 1 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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The history of all hitherto existing societies is the history of class struggles. Freeman and slave, patrician and plebeian, lord and serf, guild-master and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed, stood in constant opposition to one another, carried on an uninterrupted, now hidden, now open fight, a fight that each time ended, either in a revolutionary re-constitution of society at large, or in the common ruin of the contending classes.

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It's an extremely important perspective to learn from. Understanding the Marxist viewpoint is a great tool to use in deciphering modern economic proposals, even though most Americans (myself included) would likely disagree with Marx and Engels' ideas. It sheds some light on why some people hold feelings of such disdain towards capitalism, but also why capitalism is so effective. It's not long, and is well worth the time and money.

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- J. Tappella

A Piece of History

Who, in the free world, would 'dare' read this today? No one respectable, or so it would be assumed - but read it you must - if only to be familiar with it.

I was surprised at how short it was - it is more like a long pamphlet. Considering its impact, I imagined a thick book.

I only listened once (so far), and I picked up little - it is going to take more work on my part to fathom what it addressed and what solutions it was proposing. It seemed like speculative babble, but, now that I've developed a comprehensive philosophy for surviving in eternity, I (personally) can see that it was (and is) a 'potentially useful perspective' - a 'tool of perception' with which to view reality.

I did not agree with the premises made - so the solutions proposed were, to me, valueless. As to its place in history, I deemed the 'violent revolution' aspect as necessary (since, in most countries, there were actual laws to keep the 'lower class' down), and as such I view Communism as having been a brutal response to brutal conditions - which is one reason why it does not apply to America (others are more equitable laws and a more class-fluid society) (prejudice is another matter, but America is way ahead of the game, being such a diverse nation).

So I see it as a period piece, proposing a possible solution to a truly oppressive ruling mindset (in one history book on English Kings, one nobleman said to a peasant, "I will do everything I can to keep you down and rule over you!" Sick (especially in light of my new philosophy).

What the Manifesto revealed, which which I did not know, was that there were other political parties for the workers that Communism was competing with in Marx's time, including Socialism, which he mentions.

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- wbiro

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-21-2016
  • Publisher: Proletariat Audio