The Communist Manifesto Calling On The Workers Of The World

2994 WordsNov 17, 201412 Pages
Few events in history capture the attention of scholars and the general populace alike more than revolutionary contentious politics. Revolts and social movements have for centuries brought about the most radical of changes to the political order of societies, at times even engulfing entire regions of the world in a contagious, fevered upheaval. Revolutionaries have fought not only against political systems and institutions such as aristocratic and colonial rule; they have also fought for their beliefs, values, and ideals. In 1848, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published The Communist Manifesto calling on the workers of the world to unite. Revolutionaries radicalized by the ideas of liberalism and nationalism took to the barricades as socialists promoting the concept of regional and world revolution – helping to spark the modern spread of the notion referred to as revolutionary “waves”. What factors are attributed with influencing an individual to rise up against an entrenched political system and possibly risk their life to completely upend the historical order of things and wipe the slate clean to enable present and future generations to create their own reality? Until recently, the power of the people and their ability to mobilize and demand had often been underestimated. Thomas Schelling once reflected that tyrants and subjects are in somewhat symmetrical positions. Subjects are capable of denying the tyrant most of what it wants through refusing to collaborate. The
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