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The Communist Manifesto
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Without question one of the most significant books in modern history, The Communist Manifesto is a brief, populist pamphlet that distils the core ideas of communism into accessible prose. Published just months before violent uprisings threatened to destabilize much of the European establishment, it outlines a view of history as a constant battle between the classes that will inevitably result in revolution. An angry call for a stateless world where the workers are no longer exploited, its depiction of the remorseless nature modern capitalism is as alarming and striking now as it was in 1848.
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By Brian on 09-24-17
Taken in the context of it's time...
The performance is solid: whether or not you agree with the observations and claims made is going to depend on your personal Political beliefs.
The Communist Manifesto highlights patterns and struggles of working class peoples around the world. I gave the "Story" a 4 because, although I personally hold many beliefs in common with the Communist Party of yore, but I find their willingness to disregard other movements as either problematic : the integrity of ones race, for instance, is viewed as important, despite working class citizens struggling regardless of race or ideology, and issues of gender equality are mostly just dismissed as problems that aren't severe, and will be solved by the inevitable rise of the Proletariat.
Taken in the context of it's time, I understand where these policies and beliefs come from and can personally set them aside from the ideology of the contemporary movement. I would give it 5 stars, but not in the modern context.
Modern readers or listeners will need to determine for themselves if they believe that the otherwise non-problematic ideas are inherently valuable enough to share or discuss a text that has problematic concepts within it.
As always with history, standing on the shoulders of Giants means personally understanding that not all ideas of the past are worth keeping: With any historical philosophical text, it is important to keep that in mind when deciding what value one gains from such works.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
By steve on 03-31-11
I really enjoyed this listen a great deal. Definitely something all should listen to. I only wonder how communism would have made out if in a country that already had wealth to spread such as America. Instead, it always fell in the hands of the wrong people.
8 of 18 people found this review helpful
By Stephen N. on 08-02-17
Marx Engels are simply awesome
Loved this book and have listened to it a number of times completely timeless a must read to understand the world of today
5 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Richard on 06-08-18
Non Optional Reading
This book illuminates the mechanisms behind the genocidal Communist countries of the 20th Century. It's primary focus is towards hate of 'the other' and the destruction of Western democratic society and tradition.
It also helps us understand how this ideology has splintered into modern ideas such as Feminism, Political Correctness, Gender Ambiguity etc, or perhaps these ideas could even be part of a 5th column working today to undermine the stability of Western democratic societies.
The diametrically opposed 'Mein Kampf' should be your next stop to understand further how 'good intentions' can be turned into murderous actions.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
By KelvinChuks on 09-16-17
Absolutely brilliant and insightful. I am definitely going to listen to it again and again till it sinks in.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
By raymond taptue on 05-14-18
like it but incomplete
hunger for more... I felt left in the dark with no way out ... seem incomplete
By Marc on 01-16-18
so very hard to finish the manifesto has already become irrelevant in modern society removing freedom from the individual so that we can all be miserable.
8 of 17 people found this review helpful
By Jack Auty on 10-23-18
Intelligent, emotional but historicist.
An excellent outline of Communist ideals laid down by the o.g. But Popper poked holes in his ideas and overt reliance on historicism. Yet Marx may be right in the end once automation exacerbates the class divide.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful