The Communist Manifesto

The Communist Manifesto Summary

It has since been recognized as one of the world's most influential political manuscripts. Commissioned by the Communist League, it laid out the League's purposes and program. It presents an analytical approach to the class struggle (historical and present) and the problems of capitalism, rather than a prediction of communism's potential future forms.

Book Reviews


Influential Yet Confusing3 star

While I would personally give The Communist Manifesto one star for Marx’s confusing use of words and long philosophical and theoretical tangents, I have to rate it higher due to its historical significance. This manifesto is one of the larger reasons that communism as a form of government and mentality gained international attention and traction. Since it’s written nearly 200 years ago in another language, the writing can be complicated and confusing, and I often found myself rereading portions to fully understand them. However, this was also clearly written as politically persuasive propaganda meant to rally the working class against their “oppressors”, and it should be read as such. Marx doesn’t use evidence to support his long and generous claims and tends to be very confusing in his writing structure. I’d recommend anyone read The Communist Manifesto for its historical/cultural significance. However, understand that this method of government and mindset is both deceiving and problematic when applied on a large scale. It should be read with our current historical and economic understanding.35

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My Review3 star

I personally think that this is a very valuable and rewarding read into a short manifesto of some of the key concepts of a philosophy that has and continues to influence many areas in world history. Although most people wouldn’t agree with his sayings nor are they necessarily still a contemporary thought process, at least economically, I do think there are a lot of methods Marx used in historical analysis that is extremely valuable. A lot of what he says is pretty antiquated, considering the staunch laissez faire of that time due to the dominant liberal thought as Europe kept destroying Feudalism internally. Much of this dogmatic unrestricted economy philosophy was pretty much abandoned through the development of a modern nation state templates at that time and the increasing pressure from genuinely poorly treated workers and such (1848, SPD, Parliament, etc). As a result, no meaningful communistic or real traditional “Marxist” revolutions ever occurred and none of Marx’s major prophecies came even close to happening along his lines. Only revitalized and edited forms of his philosophy fueled some democratically motivated revolutions, especially along Leninist lines and whatnot. However, even if Marx’s predictions are extremely subjected and historically false, he for sure knows his history and is perfectly I tune with his contemporary surroundings.35


Это настоящее произведение искусства5 star

Маркс истинный бог. Осыпая этот мир правдой и только правдой. Я не понимаю, почему этому не преподают в каждом школьном округе и используются для воспитания хороших, чистых коммунистических детей. Как и я55


A Very Wanting Book1 star

Karl Marx writes this book and use phrases to make himself sound smarter than he really is. The Third Chapter is confusing when he’s talking about different kinds of Socialism that requires context from history in Karl’s time. Communism has killed more people in history than any other form of government. And the fact that Karl wants to abolish things such as family, religion, and private ownership is something we should NOT aspire to do. I read this book with an open mind and came to the conclusion this was the writing of a man who claims to be representing the working class but in reality is just the rambling of a mad man trying to live a fantasy. Give this a read if you want, but don’t be surprised if you’ve come to the conclusion at the end of this book that things such as Communism doesn’t work out without having to exterminate a LOT of people in name of Revolution.15


Наконец-то я снова русский5 star

Наконец-то я снова русский, да здравствует СССР55


Deluded1 star

Marx seems to have never met a real human being before.15


Read my review5 star

If you were a person like me, I love communism and that’s why if you want to support communism with me as of right now you can call me just call 402 708 6286 that’s my phone number and if you want to just discuss about turning America to a communist civilization hit me up and we can have a great chat PS not an FBI agent ;)55

JoHo's Bizarre Reviews

Working people of the world, unite.5 star

Never forget that there are more of us, the proletariat, than there are of them, the bourgeoisie.55

Truth's Advocate

This aged well5 star

If you are looking for practical solutions or detailed systems of socialism, you will not find it here, but even without that, this manifesto manages to accomplish a lot in such a short time. Before we can consider policies and political solutions, we must first consider the end of politics and the nature of human life. Despite the abscence of economic evalutions and speculation, Marx manages to raise several reasonable criticisms of capitalism, I was particularly satisfied with his commentary on the economic cycle of capitalism. While capitalism has been hailed as an economic success, it’s quite odd that we have come to predict and expect this economy’s failure, and as Marx points out, this failure is found in the very foundations of capitalism. Innovation and competition are continually destroying industries, and new markets rise from their graves. In this way, we can see that capitalism profits off its own failures, and it’s evident that capitalistic bourgeois not only make enemies with the proletariat but also with themselves. Capitalism has been sustained for centuries, and some might consider that a success, but how much of this success is owed to socialist policies, like minimum wages, the 8 hour work day, and workplace regulations? As a social democrat, its my belief that capitalism has survived as long as it has because of its growing sympathy to socialist ideas.55


Great Masterpiece5 star

Must read Must read twice55

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