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‘It was a sweet finish after the bitter pills of floggings and bullets with which these same governments, just at that time, dosed the German working-class risings’.

The Communist Manifesto is, perhaps surprisingly, a most engaging and accessible work, containing even the odd shaft of humour in this translation by Samuel Moore for the 1888 English edition. It is, of course, an essential introduction to the thoughts and theories of Karl Marx and his collaborator and editor Friedrich Engels and therefore to the development of communism.

This brief but iconoclastic work, essentially a pamphlet, covers the history of the bourgeoisie, aspects of ‘class struggle’ with descriptions and analyses of numerous workers’ parties and movements up to the 1840s. It predicts and elaborates upon the defeat of capitalism and communism’s ultimate global victory. Written over 150 years ago it pulsates with energy, insight and contemporary relevance, ending with the rallying cry, ‘Workers of the World Unite.’ Greg Wagland, a history graduate and enthusiast, brings a certain freshness and energy to his reading of this far from dusty tome. A word about the narrator: born in Oxford, England, Greg Wagland is a classically trained actor, who attended St. Andrews University and drama school. He has worked in television, radio and theatre appearing in productions with the likes of Richard E. Grant, Penelope Keith, Bill Pertwee, Matt Smith, Roger Allam, Liza Goddard, Michael Denison, Dulcie Gray and Lindsay Duncan. He has recorded over 50 audiobooks, a number of those for the well-respected Talking Book Service of the RNIB. Now for Magpie Audio he is putting together an eclectic collection of classic fiction and non-fiction works and is always happy to receive suggestions for new titles.

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Critic Reviews

"Our narrator has little to add, except his own words and in this capacity Greg Wagland has his work cut out. The trick with a reading of this kind is to make a clear distinction between which character has what voice, otherwise things could get complicated." ( The Guardian)
"Greg Wagland’s crescendo-free rendition allows this brilliantly structured novel to speak for itself." ( The Spectator)

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Know your enemy

I understand this to be an extremely influentcial book but I really don't see the big deal. It lays the framework for lots of bad ideas including class warfare and totalitarianism. I'm totally uninspired by it but felt I had to read it because of its influence

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Forcibly over throw anyone who owns land?

I'm not really sure how to review this. The message is terrible, claiming that no one should own land except the government and the only way to achieve this goal is to forcibly over throw everyone in the middle class or upper class who owns land and money. But the company did a good job narrating the book so I don't want to give them a bad review for their part.

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My advice, set speed to 1.5

Narration was awfully slow. Increased speed and it was bearable. I also finished it in 45 minutes

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Glory to Mother Russia and all of the Communist countries out there. This book was great comrades.

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Count the bourgeois

I listened to this today while working. Hourly. In retail. With vegetables. In San Francisco. Classic.

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A chapter summary and cliff notes.

I have finished the Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx.

I've listed chapter summary and key notes.

They say the left think those on the Right are evil while those on the Right believe those on the left are Simply mistaken.

After reading this I have come to the conclusion that no, those on the left are simply evil.

Note everything in this book has happened in the past, Communism has been implemented correctly as it was in visioned, and 2020 feels like the play book as listed below.

Without Karl Marx there is no
Nazi Germany and Hitler.
Soviet Russia with Stalin.
Communist China with Mao
Vietnam's Ho Chi Man.
North Korea's Kim Jong Un
Cuba's Fidel Castro and Chelsea Guevara.
Italy's Mousalini

Hundreds of millions of people do not die to Socialism or National Socialism (Fascism) without Karl Marx.

After the great Monarchs that owned everything on their land including the peasants two systems came to be.

Since only the Royals may be granted Private Property Communism chose to make it so nobody may own Private Property.

The US made it so that everyone in effect was Royalty as everyone had the right to their own private and personal property.

Here's the book.
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Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx

Bourgeoisie = Industrial Revolution Businesses, Capitalists, middle class, and lower class that work for upward mobility through Capitalism.
Proletariat = The Low Class Communist Workers and allies.

Chapter 1
The state of Capitalism of Kingdoms and Empire in the 19th Century.

There are only two classes, the oppressive and the oppressed.

Chapter 2
The reactionary peasants hope to destroy the business, factories, and the bourgeoisie to set back the Industrial Revolution to Medieval Times of the craftsman.

The use of Unions to fight the Industrial Revolution.
All Class struggles are Political Struggles.
The bourgeoisie supplies the Proletariat the means to attack with access to political power, education, and wealth. Through these means the Proletariat will bring the bourgeoisie over to their cause.

Proletariat must then recruit from those who hope to remain neutral during the struggle.

The Proletariat must free themselves of their Capitalist system and private property so they don't have anything to protect nor fortify. Their mission is to destroy all previous security for or assurances of Personal Property.

The Proletariat can not rise as long as the structure of the old system remains.

At first the Proletariat Revolution must destroy the Bourgeoisie of it's own nation. The Proletariat must veil it's Civil War until it has the strength for open violent Revolution.

Society can no longer live with the Bourgeoisie and it must be destroyed.

Chapter 3
Due to the requirements of the Bourgeoisie to use the Proletariat they in essence teach and equip their own grave diggers.

The Communist party shall not create a party separate from any Working Class Party but influence that party into joining theirs. This goal does not have National Borders but is a Global goal to over throw the Bourgeoisie. The goal is gain political power and abolition of Private Personal Property.
"With it the presumed fruit of one mans own labor which Private Property is seen as the ground work of individual freedom, hard earned, self earned property."

Private Property is Social Capital so it must be distributed to the Social Masses.
By doing this the very idea of class is abolished.

Your very idea of personal freedom, independence, culture and laws are made up by Bourgeoisie and are predicated on private property.

Abolition of the Family.
"On what foundation of the present family? The Bourgeoisie Family based? On Capital and private gain. I it's current form it may only exist among the Bourgeoisie."

The need to replace the home education with the social.
The Communist hope to alter the Character of Social Education as it's society and not the individual that benefits.

Abolition of Countries and Nationalities.
The Proletariat must rise to supreme rule of it's own individual nation. As mentioned earlier through force if need be. As the exploitation of one person is put an end to the exploitation of one nation to another must be as well. This achieved by Proletariat taking control of more nations until they can erase the national borders and with it the nation itself.

Aboliton of Eternal Truths,
such as all existing Morality and Religion. There fore the new Laws are revolutionary for our time and not based on the past injustice of the Bourgeoisie which has based it's Eternal Truths on Past Exploitations of Class.

The Proletariat must rise to rule the state, to seize the means of production, and finally for the state itself to control Personal Property.

As the Bourgeoisie uses the past to control the present, the Proletariat uses the present to control the past.

The change is possible must be slow as the new system must need the production of the Bourgeoisie until their Ownership of their Private Property can be successfully transferred to the state without resistance.

The Transformation of each country into Communist will follow these points.
"1. Abolition of property and land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.
2. Heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
3. Abolition of all right to inheritance.
4. Confiscation all property of immigrants and rebels.
5. Centralization of all credit in the hands of the state by means of National Bank with State Capital and exclusive monopoly.
6. Centralization of the means of communication and transportation in the hands of the state.
7. Extension of factories and instruments of production are owned by the state. Farm land including the soil itself is owned by the state.
8. Equal liability of all to labor. The establishment of industrial armies especially for agriculture.
9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries. Gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country by more equitable distribution of the population over the country.
10. Free education for all children public schools. Abolition of child labor in factories in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production. Etc. Etc."

Once class has been erased and industry is owned by the state then the political power can be consolidated into a one communist party system.

If the Proletariat can not achieve this through political power it then will do so by violent revolution.

Chapter 4
Definition of Socialisms in Germany in 1847.

Reactionary Socialism and Fuedal Socialism.
Difference between that of feudalism of Britain and Frances prior to the 19th century to Bourgeoisie of the mid 19th century and the Proletariat prior to factories.

Monarchs believed that the peasants were better off before the Industrial Revolution and Capitalism being directly ruled by the royalty using a form of Fuedal Socialism.

Fuedal and Christian Socialism were ruined by the Bourgeoisie.

Petty Bourgeoisie a term for middle class that ally with the Proletariat to overthrow the upper class Bourgeoisie.

The Reactionary Fuedal Socialists hope to bring back the the agreement between the Peasants and the Royalty.

This form of Socialism is not desirable.

True Socialism.
Socialist and Communist ideals of the French Revolution and Germany.

The explanation of Germany slow understanding of French Revolution against the Bourgeoisie.

Germany miss understood Socialism and Communism as all people are created equal and not the plight of the Proletariat rightful place of power.
Germany mistook Socialism and Communism as the Liberal Movement of the people equal to the aristocracy and monarchy and not as a struggle of Proletariat vs Bourgeoisie.

True socialism is opposition to Bourgeoisie Liberalism.
"True Socialism is against Liberal Representative Government, Bourgeoisie Competition, Bourgeoisie Freedom of the Press, Bourgeoisie Legislation, Bourgeoisie ideals of Liberty and Equality."
True Socialism should Preach to the masses they have nothing to gain and everything to lose to the Bourgeoisie.

Liberty as conceived is conceived by the Bourgeoisie, therefore Liberty as understood leads to the rise of the Bourgeoisie.

The Petty Bourgeoisie is the structure for the Bourgeoisie to exist, to defeat the Bourgeoisie the Petty Bourgeoisie must be recruited or destroyed along with the Bourgeoisie.

Conservative Bourgeoisie Socialism.
Liberals, those who hope to help people by operating in a Bourgeoisie Society. Ecologists, Reformers, Charity givers etc.
They wish for a Bourgeoisie Society without a Proletariat.

The Bourgeoisie believe this to be the best system.
This is unacceptable as it it requires the Proletariat to accept the Bourgeoisie unjust system.

Critical Utopia Socialism and Communism.
The beliefs that all material items in the future will be given without need of a class, work, or ruling system to everyone through the means of machinery invention.
An anarchy system with no need for government and everyone does what's right because there is no need to do any wrong.

For the Utopia to work there must be an,
Abolition of the distinction between Town and Country
Abolition of Family.
Abolition of Private Business.
Abolition of the Wage System.
The proclamation of Social Harmony.
The conversion of the State to mere superintendent of the means of production.

For a Utopia to functioning all class must be abolished.

Chapter 5

Conclusion,
Current State of Communism and Socialism throughout European nations in 1847

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How to create a nation based on State Slavery where the individual is erased and the product left over is a resource listed as the man power unit of 1 for the benefit of those in power.

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Small question.

Why isn't this free? Serious question, how are proles going to afford this? I just thought that was funny.

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Karl marx is a dirt bag

was he evil or just plain stupid. anyone who buys into this is also stupid.

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Enlightening

The narration was excellent. The content was, well, different than what I expected. I dont have the time or platform for thought and debate on it. All I can say is im glad I finally checked it for myself. I suggest others do as well. Its not that long at all, considering, so I'll likely listen/read many more times in the future.

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A Necessary Read

The Communist Manifesto is not a tremendous read, but I will admit that when faced with the actual text it can be somewhat boring to get through. The very scientific tonality, when not delivered by a skilled orator, can sometimes be alienating. This is not a problem in an audiobook format. I believe that the Manifesto is an absolutely necessary read for anyone interested in the tenets of socialism and Marxism, and if the choice is between reading it in an audio format or not reading it at all, then you should get it whatever way you can.

Very straightforward, and the narrator - while not the most passionate - does his job well. Any topics that may confuse are easy to make a note of and research later. A short read overall, but if you're like me and find the act of reading to be ever-more difficult in the crushing, busy, and attention-sapping world capitalism has built for us, then this is a great way to make sure you know the Manifesto.

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Utterly Hypocritical Shite

Painfully poorly construed. Useless for anything other than creating an army of the intellectually flawed.

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