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The Communist Manifesto
The Communist Manifesto: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) | Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels
"A spectre is haunting Europe - the spectre of Communism." So begins one of history's most important documents, a work of such magnitude that it has forever changed not only the scope of world politics, but indeed the course of human civilization. The Communist Manifesto was written in Friedrich Engels's clear, striking prose and declared the earth-shaking ideas of Karl Marx. Upon publication in 1848, it quickly became the credo of the poor and oppressed who longed for a society "in which the free development of each is the condition for the free development of all." The Communist Manifesto contains the seeds of Marx's more comprehensive philosophy, which continues to inspire influential economic, political, social, and literary theories. But the Manifesto is most valuable as an historical document, one that led to the greatest political upheaveals of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and to the establishment of the Communist governments that until recently ruled half the globe. This Bantam Classic edition of The Communist Manifesto includes Marx and Engels's historic 1872 and 1882 prefaces, and Engels's notes and prefaces to the 1883 and 1888 editions.
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breadnroses
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“in what relation do the communists stand to the proletarians as a whole?

the communists do not form a separate party opposed to the other working-class parties.

they have no interests separate and apart from those of the proletariat as a whole.

they do not set up any sectarian principles of their own, by which to shape and mould the proletarian movement.”

lots to think about w/r/t my own practical organizing experience... 🤧

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Naz786
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Panpan

🌟🌟/5

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Andrea313
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One of my favorite #lovenotes, courtesy of Ben Kling. #LiteraryLove

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WhiskeyMistress
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Gopiparakuni
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I could visit High Gate cemetery in London only this May. However, I was inspired by the manifesto right when I was in my twenties trying to understand the deep inequality in our societies...

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Quasifesto
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Mehso-so

During my months long absence/ slump, I read a ton of digital comics that I probably won‘t bother to log, and this classic by Marx. Meh, I get where he was coming from, and I don‘t necessarily disagree, but even for classic, leftist, political theory it was a tad dry.

Mamashep But the pic is fabulous! 1y
Quasifesto @Mamashep Isn‘t it!? 1y
MinDea So cool! 1y
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2BR02B Before I saw the inscription I thought this was meant to be Kurt Vonnegut! 😆 1y
Quasifesto @2BR02B I do see the resemblance. 1y
Anna40 This photo is so funny! Where did you see it? As for Marx, I think it's something that only works in theory 1y
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BruceWalken
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The graphic novel telling of this has some truly stunning, if disturbing artwork.

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elizabethlk
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Mehso-so

So I did it. I finally read the Communist Manifesto. I think a lot of it makes sense (I am shameless about my socialist opinions), but I won't pretend it was incredibly interesting. The writing style is dated, in that dry sort of way, although I think the translation probably didn't help. I'm still sorting out my thoughts.

Cathythoughts I vaguely remember reading bits of this in college... I agree not an exciting kind of read. But part of the philosophy studies 👍🏻 2y
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Megara
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Just some office decorating... 😜

TheBookDream Come back! 2y
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Libby1
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When you struggle to fight the power without losing your joy on Facebook...

(From Sassy Socialist Memes)

Tanzy13 🐱 2y
Libby1 @Tanzy13 😻✊ 2y
VinceReads Love this! 2y
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Libby1 @VinceReads - so do I. It is perfect. 2y
WarpedSweetness That's why I don't go on FB very often. :-/ That and a good portion of my friends list supports Trump. -_- 2y
Libby1 I‘m in a similar boat, @WarpedSweetness . I find Litsy to be an anxiety free space. 💕 2y
WarpedSweetness @Libby1 Same here. I spend more time of Litsy than any other social media. 2y
DeleteAcct I got rid of FB for that reason. Don't want to hear it from either side. 2y
LA_Mead Yup. Litsy is such a nice, friendly internet space! 2y
Pamwurtzler @WarpedSweetness @libby1 @Rachbb3 Same for me. I rarely look at FB. 2y
arlenefinnigan Love it! Do you follow Cats Against Capitalism on Facebook? 2y
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Alwayscoolwb
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Wage laborers will never prosper. They only make capital which is low enough to keep them working paycheck to paycheck.

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Brie
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I read part of this for a literary theory course when we were studying Marxist criticism, but I'm glad I read the entire work so I can better understand the origins of such a divisive political theory.

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Nerdfins
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I needed something dry after finishing Bird Box (OMG). Loki thought I said I was reading about Commewnism not Communism. #catsoflitsy

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Book_Gnome
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Opening line: "The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles." #thecommunistmanifesto #karlmarx #pelicanbooks #bookish #bookcover #firstline #bookgnome #book

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maximoffs
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Honestly, this is really interesting. Always good to get things from the source and not through what people say

Suet624 I'm glad you're reading it. 3y
Gezemice Communism was a noble idea. The implementation sucked. 3y
maximoffs @Suet624 I'm diving into to classics I find! @Gezemice I agree! 3y
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Simona @Gezemice Exactly! 3y
MyNamesParadise Communism is NOT what the Soviets turned it into. 3y
BestOfFates I read it a few years ago when going through classics and it's so crazy schools don't have everyone read it just to be like, this is the basis of communism! Especially because it's so short! 3y
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arlenefinnigan
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Cinfhen 😂😂👍🏻💕 3y
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ClairesReads
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Pickpick

An enlightening read if you're aiming to understand Marxist communism. In a modern reading, it's practical flaws are evident.

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ClairesReads
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Well in hindsight that's a lovely idealistic view of the communists

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ClairesReads
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Next @SerialReader read seemed appropriate part way through teaching the Russian Revolution...

Joanne1 Loved teaching Russian Rev. 3y
ClairesReads @Joanne1 me too- what age group do you teach it to? 3y
Joanne1 @ClairesReads the revs course is for year 12 students so they're 17-18. Though I haven't taught it for a few years. 3y
ClairesReads Same age group as I teach it to- although it's year 13 for us 😀 3y
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LitLogophile
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I know I'm not the only one using @SerialReader to fill in the gaps in their formal education!

This one was a self-made gap, since I was a Polisci /art history major in college & was definitely assigned this at least twice (oops).

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Lememiy
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For anyone in the USA I feel this is a must read because of the turmoil of the recent election. Not just because of the results but because of the struggle between who to vote for. Reading this I could easily relate the situation our country is in power struggle wise, to how Marx explains the systematic power struggles and revolutions of the bourgeoisie. Because we are part of one, but it should be noted it has also come full circle.

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NerdyRev
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A little early #bookmail Christmas gift. One of my favorite books from when I was a kid and one of my favorites from my major in college. I'll let you figure out which is which.

BTW, my theory is if more people read The Communist Manifesto, they would see it isn't scary at all and would agree with most of it. The other "C" word is too scary in the US though, so people tend to avoid the book.

Simona I agree too. 3y
Suet624 I agree as well. 3y
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roycerolls
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They have a world to win.

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Qemorio
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Pickpick

Everyone should read this. It's the heart of all the social change we hear about today. Maybe strict Communism doesn't work so well but their hearts were in the right place.

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Qemorio
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I'm reading this on the @SerialReader right now and it is scary how not much has changed since 1848

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alisahar
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When I went to do a post for the #augustphotochallenge I realized this isn't even ALL the books we own by or about Karl Marx. How many Marx anthologies does a person need?#augustofpages #politicsandbooks @TheSpinecrackersBookClub

BookishFeminist I have a box of books like this! I took a class on Marx at college and boy was it heavy on reading, lol. 3y
alisahar @BookishFeminist pretty sure that's how we have so many too... 3y
whitney_archer Ha! Making up for undergrad books... 3y
alisahar @whitney_archer ha- that's probably the source of 95% of our book purchases. 3y
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