The Communist Manifesto By Karl Marx

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The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels is the formal document that attempts to comprehensively consolidate the aims and ambitions of Communism and explain the underlying theory that drives it. It argues that all historical developments have class struggle as a driving force. Class struggle has been defined as the exploitation of one class by another. The process of “March of history” is introduced which focuses on the growing incompatibilities between class relationships and developing forces of production. It is pointed out that a time’s means of production are what dictate the class relationships of that time and when the same become unstable, a revolution occurs which places a new class as the ruling one.
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Whenever it has been at the top, it has eradicated all "feudal, patriarchal, idyllic relations." It has quashed the diverse ties that bound a man to its superiors and reduced every kind of relation to self-interest and cash payments. Religious fervor, chivalry and sentimentalism have all been relinquished. It has resolved personal worth to exchange value and left us with only one kind of freedom, that too an unconscionable one called – Free Trade. The exploitation that used to be concealed by “illusions” of religious or political nature, is now audacious, flagrant and pitilessly brutal. Bourgeoisie has stripped the honour affixed to a profession and reduced every profession into wage-laboring professions. Similar is the case with family relations as they have lost their sentimentality and have been lessened to money …show more content…
Marx says that he has traced the proletariat’s development through a “veiled civil war”, to the point of open revolution and leading to a violent overthrow of the bourgeoisie. Marx points out that until now, every society has been based on class oppression. In order for a class to be able to be oppresses, certain conditions must be guaranteed under which it can, at least, it can continue its slavish existence. That means the slavish existence must be sustainable. However, in contrast, laborers in the industrial society today, are continuously suffering a decrease in their society and are unable to rise up in the society. The bourgeoisie by this logic are unfit and incapable of ruling as they cannot even assure a slave an existence within its slavery. This is a bold and heavy statement made by Marx to exemplify the problems faced by modern industry. Thus as the Modern Industry flourishes, the bourgeoisie are producing "its own grave-diggers. Its fall and the victory of the proletariat are equally

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