The Communist Manifesto By Karl Marx And Friedrich Engels

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Adam Hilt November 4, 2015 COMM 8200 Analysis of The Communist Manifesto "A spectre is haunting Europe--the spectre of Communism." The Communist Manifesto reflects an attempt by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels to explain the goals of Communism, as well as the theory behind the movement. Marx sees all of Europe allied against the idea of communism and consistently demonizes it and its followers. This caused the Communists to assemble in London and create this Manifesto in order to make their views public and clarified. The main focus of the writing is the relationship between the classes of people. The relationship is used to create the world’s commodities. The upper class runs the factories and the lower class works them, this relationship is the basis of a capitalist economy. However, once that relationship between the classes ceases to be of any benefit to the lower class a revolution occurs and a new class emerges as the rulers. Marx illustrates this process as one that naturally occurs, “The history of all hitherto existing societyis the history of class struggles.”Marx saw society as a constant class conflict between the upper class or bourgeoisie and the proletariat or working class. Marx believed that capitalism was quickly becoming incompatible with the unfair treatment of the working class and this would cause the proletariat to lead a revolution. The Manifesto argues that this revolution would be different than the revolutions of the past due to the lack of
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