The Communist Manifesto - character Marx goes on to refute...

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In The Communist Manifesto , Karl Marx details how, due to inexorable historical forces, a working class rebellion and the subsequent formation of a state in which property rights are abolished, is inevitable and moral. Marx starts by providing a context to his argument with careful historical analysis. According to Marx, history is a bitter collection of antagonistic class struggles. Class inequalities are rooted in unequal ownership of the means of production. Because of the contradiction between the means and forces of production, capitalism and bourgeoisie rule are inherently flawed. Inevitably, the working class, or proletariat, will rebel. One of Marx’s main purposes in writing The Communist Manifesto is to quell fears of a philosophy he believes is commonly misunderstood. In Proletarians and Communists , Marx discusses key arguments against communism and popular misperceptions about communism. He explains that property is merely an instrument of exploitation that has a social, or class,
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Unformatted text preview: character. Marx goes on to refute the argument that the abolition of property would breed laziness amongst the masses, explaining that if that were true, then the bourgeoisie would have already experienced it. Marx then calls current thought on issues like family and education a “clap trap.” Marx issues a series of demands, which will later be called the “planks” of Communism; included among these are the goals of abolition of property, graduated income tax, centralization of credit and transportation, and free education. He further explains that world politics will reap the benefits of a proletariat revolution. In his third section, Sot and Communist Literature , Marx explains, analyzes, and ultimately defends Communists in various countries, giving the reader a picture of the current state of politics at the time. He urges the Proletariat to unite in hopes of achieving the goals outlined above....
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This note was uploaded on 06/10/2010 for the course HIS 102 taught by Professor Archer during the Fall '10 term at University of Mississippi Medical Center.

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