Analyzing Marx's 'The Communist Manifesto'

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The Communist Manifesto - Marx "A spectre is haunting Europe the spectre of Communism" (Marx and Engles). So begins the title of one of the most famous books in modern history if not as a literary giant, as an idea that changed the social and political make up of the entire world. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engles wrote The Communist Manifesto in response to their views of the social and working conditions of Europe after the Industrial Revolution changed the view of labor and commodities. For Marx, history was defined as nothing more than a continuous class struggle. In Ancient times, slavery changed into feudalism, then capitalism replaced feudal society, especially after the Industrial Revolution. Eventually, this class struggle would allow the workers of the world to revolt and overthrow the owners of production anf form a society with no class called communism. The conflict then, in modern society was between communism and capitalism, or between the interests of the owners of production and the laboring class. Capitalism is a system in which people (or groups of people, e.g. corporations) own the means of production and benefit from labor by keeping workers poor and uneducated. This is called exploitation, and is particularly evident when factory owners amass huge profits while workers live on subsistence wages. Because this system requires raw materials and workers continually, owners are forced to move from place to place to find both which is called imperialism
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