Carl Marx and Frederick Engels Essay

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Everyone that was born within the last 100 years knows or has heard about communism. But most do not know the actual basis of communism. They have been given the “Red Scare” and as usual people use fear as an excuse to go against a new idea that goes against the norm. But the truth is that what we strive for in our civil rights movements and the “equality for the masses” is the basis of communism. Making sure that everyone had the same share of wealth and giving the “have nots” an equal share of the wealth and power is the true ideal of communism.(Britannica, M575) First of all, if you want to know about communism we must first look at Marxism. Carl Marx and his associate Frederick Engels formulated Marxism in the 19th…show more content…
And through Marx and Engels research, they produced one of the most influential writings of their time, “The Communist Manifesto”.(Grolier’s encyclopedia). Although it at first had little or no impact on the widespread and varied revolutionary movements of the mid-19th century Europe, the Communist Manifesto was to become one of the most widely read and discussed documents of the 20th century. Marx sought to make their brand of socialism different from others by insisting that it was scientifically based on the objective study of history, which he saw as being a continuous process of change and transformation. Just as feudalism had naturally evolved into capitalism, so capitalism would inevitably give way to its logical successor, socialism, as the necessary result of class struggle. Marx's insistence that tough-minded realism should replace the Utopian idealism of earlier socialists had profound consequences: it enabled revolutionaries like Lenin to be put it into action, but it also tended to encourage its followers to accept ruthless means to justify what they believed were historically necessary ends. Radical politics were being much more widely discussed than the small number of radicals justified; but Marx uses this fact to his advantage by proclaiming that any ideology so feared must be important and worth explaining clearly. In the notes used in the Manifesto, "Marx" is used as shorthand for both Marx, the theoretician, and Engels who was
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