The Communist Manifesto: A Road Map to History's Most Important Political Document

The Communist Manifesto: A Road Map to History's Most Important Political Document

Language: English

Pages: 224

ISBN: 1931859256

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

“What is globalization? Here is one of the best answers. It is the ‘constant revolutionizing of production’ and the ‘endless disturbance of all social conditions.’ It is ‘everlasting uncertainty.’ Everything ‘fixed and frozen’ is ‘swept away,’ and ‘all that is solid melts into air.’ Yes, you have read this before. It is from The Communist Manifesto, by Messrs. Marx and Engels.”—The New York Times

Here, at last, is an authoritative introduction to history’s most important political document, with the full text of The Communist Manifesto by Marx and Engels.

This beautifully organized and presented edition of The Communist Manifesto is fully annotated, with clear historical references and explication, additional related texts, and a glossary that will bring the text to life for students, as well as the general reader.

Since it was first written in 1848, the Manifesto has been translated into more languages than any other modern text. It has been banned, censored, burned, and declared “dead.” But year after year, the text only grows more influential, remaining required reading in courses on philosophy, politics, economics, and history.

“Apart from Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species,” notes the Los Angeles Times, the Manifesto “is arguably the most important work of nonfiction written in the 19th century.” The Washington Post calls Marx “an astute critic of capitalism.” Writing in The New York Times, Columbia University Professor Steven Marcus describes the Manifesto as a “masterpiece” with “enduring insights into social existence.”

The New Yorker recently described Karl Marx as “The Next Thinker” for our era. This book will show readers why.

Phil Gasper is a professor of philosophy at Notre Dame de Namur University in northern California. He writes extensively on politics and the philosophy of science and is a frequent contributor to CounterPunch.

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commentary on II.5.) Communism calls for the institution of new forms of property, but it is hardly the first political movement to do this. 10. Some defenders of capitalism claim that the property relations it embodies are 60 ¶13 ¶14 ¶15 ¶16 ¶17 ¶18 T HE C OMMUNIST MANIFESTO property is the final and most complete expression of the system of producing and appropriating products that is based on class antagonisms, on the exploitation of the many by the few. In this sense, the theory of

rents by lending their names to floaters of more or less shady joint-stock companies. [Engels, 1888 English edition] 11. According to Marx and Engels, clerical or religious socialism is, like feudal socialism, a backward-looking doctrine. “Mortification of the flesh” means denial of one’s physical appetites. 12. Marx and Engels are thinking particularly of mid-nineteenth century Germany. T H E A N N O TAT E D C O M M U N I S T M A N I F E S T O ¶13 ¶14 ¶15 burgesses and the small peasant

travel, computers, satellites, and biotechnology. Still, what Marx and Engels describe is recognizably our own world, characterized as it is by a seemingly never-ending stream of technological innovations and scientific miracles. Capitalism’s drive to expand results not only in a huge increase in society’s productive capacity, it also results in both the expansion of the system itself as capitalist relations of production are imposed on every portion of the globe, and eventually the integration

National Conservative Weekly”) named the Manifesto the most harmful book of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Marx’s Capital also made the top ten. (See http://www. article.php?id=7591.) By contrast, a BBC News Online poll in 1999 overwhelmingly voted Marx “the greatest thinker of the last 1,000 years.” (See english/static/events/millennium/sep/winner.stm.) 3. Los Angeles Times, February 8, 1998. 4. Washington Post, April 20, 1998. 5. New

utterly precarious position of labor-power on a mass scale cut off from capital or from even a limited satisfaction and, therefore, no longer merely temporarily deprived of work itself as a secure source of life — presupposes the world market through competition. The proletariat can thus only exist world-historically, just as communism, its activity, can only have a “world-historical” existence. (p. 56) The conditions for successful communist revolution thus presuppose an integrated world

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