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1Alison Smith October 25, 2008 Russia 1860-1917 Recitation: Friday 10 AM The Communist Manifesto Ever since the Cold War, American’s have been taught to hate and fear Communism in all its forms. If one wishes to put down a candidate for office, one can simply call him “Marxist” or his ideas “socialism.” Because of this, The Communist Manifesto has also become a source of fear. However, one cannot fear, or hate, what they understand, therefore, a deeper look into what The Communist Manifesto meant to those who created it would be helpful to explain the communist ideals to the public. The main problem behind The Manifesto is that most people, having not read it, do not understand what it really is. The Communist Manifesto is widely viewed today as a piece of propaganda for the Communist party, else it is seen as a declaration of a communist state. However, the definition of the word “manifesto,” defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is “a written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, or views of its issuer.” This same definition is given in the opening of the Manifesto when Marx and Engels say that it is time for the communists to “publish their views, their aims, their tendencies, and meet this nursery tale of the Spectre of Communism with a Manifesto of the party itself,” (218). In other words, these men believed that it was time for the communist party to explain itself to the world, not as a threat, but to declare themselves a legitimate political party and type of government. They wished to explain to those
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opposing countries what they wanted from their countries’ government and why they believed they were right.
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