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The Communist Manifesto and Other Writings

The Communist Manifesto and Other Writings

Written by Karl Marx

Narrated by Todd McLaren


The Communist Manifesto and Other Writings

Written by Karl Marx

Narrated by Todd McLaren

ratings:
3.5/5 (23 ratings)
Length:
4 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Mar 31, 2011
ISBN:
9781452671727
Format:
Audiobook

Description

Widely debated since its publication in 1848, The Communist Manifesto is one of the world's most influential political manuscripts. Presenting an analytical approach to the problems of capitalism and the resulting class struggle between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat, the text lays out the rationale and goals of communism as conceived by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. This edition of The Communist Manifesto is based on the English edition of 1888. In addition, this collection includes the following essays and writings by Marx, translated by H. J. Stenning: "A Criticism of the Hegelian Philosophy of Right," "On the King of Prussia and Social Reform," "Moralizing Criticism and Critical Morality: A Polemic Against Karl Heinzen," "Proudhon," "French Materialism," and "The English Revolution."
Publisher:
Released:
Mar 31, 2011
ISBN:
9781452671727
Format:
Audiobook


About the author

Described as one of the most influential figures in human history, Karl Marx was a German philosopher and economist who wrote extensively on the benefits of socialism and the flaws of free-market capitalism. His most notable works, Das Kapital and The Communist Manifesto (the latter of which was co-authored by his collaborator Friedrich Engels), have since become two of history’s most important political and economic works. Marxism—the term that has come to define the philosophical school of thought encompassing Marx’s ideas about society, politics and economics—was the foundation for the socialist movements of the twentieth century, including Leninism, Stalinism, Trotskyism, and Maoism. Despite the negative reputation associated with some of these movements and with Communism in general, Marx’s view of a classless socialist society was a utopian one which did not include the possibility of dictatorship. Greatly influenced by the philosopher G. W. F. Hegel, Marx wrote in radical newspapers from his young adulthood, and can also be credited with founding the philosophy of dialectical materialism. Marx died in London in 1883 at the age of 64.



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  • (3/5)

    2 people found this helpful

    1 star because almost every chapter is incomplete, making the whole unreadable, but +1 for Marx, whose theories are now more salient than ever, and +1 for the narrator, whose inflection makes Marx's long-winded sentences much easier to comprehend.

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    This short political treatise was very surprisingly disappointing. I have studies the History of Communist Russia quite often and I have a solid background in the ideas and practices of Communism. I understand that the Communism of Lenin, Trotsky, and Stalin was not completely true to what Marx and Engels envisioned. I was hoping that by reading the Manifesto, I would be able to see what true Communism was supposed to be. It turns out that the ideas are mainly theory and simply arguments against any forms of capitalism. While I can understand the intense antagonism that existed in the mid 19th-century, these ideas no longer seem appropriate. The lives of the working classes have greatly improved, while there is still a great disparity of wealth, the Communist idea seems truly outdated.

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