The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx Essay

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Since the inception of communism in the early 1840’s, the idea has created turmoil and instilled fear in both the western world and eastern world alike. This philosophy, created by Karl Marx in his novel The Communist Manifesto has started wars, created a massive decline in productivity and destroyed the liberty of many deserving citizens. Leaders of communism, including Hugo Chavez and Joseph Stalin, have perfected the art of exploitation of the mind through mob mentality, or the human tendency to take on certain emotional, violent behaviors in large groups. Arthur Miller in the play The Crucible and Ray Bradbury in his novel Fahrenheit 451 critique the negative effects of communism, especially the mob mentality its leaders create in…show more content…
Ignorance allows the government to be able to assume all power. In order to continuously keep citizens from knowledge and questioning any of the government’s motives, the government places a widespread ban on books in order to prevent anyone from gaining knowledge. Because of the ban on books, the only way people are learning anything is by listening to what the government tells them, so they must assume that whatever the government preaches must be true. These widespread teachings and lack of true knowledge lead to a mob mentality, out-casting and showing violence toward anyone who shows interest in education and reading. This mentality is shown in Captain Beatty’s explanation, “Surely you remember the boy in your own school class who was exceptionally ‘bright’, and did most of the reciting and answering while all the others sat like so many leaden idols, hating him. And wasn’t it this bright boy you selected for beatings and tortures after hours? Of course it was. We must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, as the constitution says, but everyone made equal…a book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Burn it. Take a shot from the weapon. Breach man’s mind. Who knows who might be the target of the well-read man’s mind? Me? I won’t stomach them for a minute” (Bradbury 56). In this society, knowledge is considered

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