Introduction to Communist Manifesto

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Introduction to Communist Manifesto

Also Known As “Trashing of the American Dream” and “Killing the Goose that Laid the Golden Egg”

Diane Vann

Contrary to what some people believe, Communism's threat to the United States did not vanish with the disintegration of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). There is no excuse for willful ignorance of this fact. A quote attributed to Nikita Khruschev, a leader of the USSR in the mid 20th century, is: “We can’t expect the American People to jump from Capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving them small doses of Socialism, until they awaken one day to find that they have Communism." I transcribed the Communist Manifesto to my website because I believe that every American should not only read but understand it. To make this pamphlet easier to get through, in my transcription I underline the points I feel are most critical and make clarifying remarks in bold, italicized red print.

It is notable that Karl Marx, after assessing all of the parties of the day in 1848, selected the Democratic Party to advance the Communist agenda. The Democratic Party of the USA, the oldest existing in the world, was started in 1832 to aid in the reelection of our 7th president, Andrew Jackson.

Due to its public domain status, the Communist Manifesto is not protected by copyright laws. German members of the Communist League in England contracted in 1847 with Karl Marx to write the Communist Manifesto for them. He wrote it in the German language with input from his friend Frederick Engels. It was first published in German in England in February 1848.

Reportedly Karl Marx grew up in an upper class family and was college educated in his homeland Germany. Forgoing a working class job, he lived off the proceeds of his incendiary Socialist writings and was driven out of Germany as well as other countries. Settling finally in England, there were times he could not leave his home because he had pawned his clothes. Two of his children died because he did not pay for their medicine.

Reading Marx’s prescription for bringing down an advanced capitalist country is not easy. I was tempted to rip it up the first 6 times I read it. Also, it is not well written and for that I blame Marx and not the translators. Marx wrote under the pressure of time and probably with limited paper and ink, so most of his critical points are written in throwaway lines. Subsequent Communist writers embellish on his points.

In his first section, Marx reduces all history to class warfare and details the two main classes of his (and our) day. The oppressor “ruling” class is the capitalist class which he calls the “bourgeois.” The oppressed class is the working class which he calls the “proletarian.” To be fair, his 1st section makes some valid observations about living conditions at his time, which was nearer the onset of the industrial age. In his 2nd section Marx describes the relationship of Communists to Proletarians. Communists, as a working-class party, are proletarians who “clearly understand the . . . ultimate general results of the proletarian movement . . . . summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property.” The end of section 2 is the easiest part of the manifesto to read. There Marx numbered 1—10 ten interventions for bringing about the downfall of advanced capitalist countries. In his 3rd section, Marx does a review of the Socialist and Communist literature. He details the different Socialist parties of the day and their usefulness to Communists. In his short 4th section, Marx emphasizes that Communists should use various existing opposition parties for Communist purposes, and he calls on the democratic parties and working men of all countries to unite.

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