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The Communist Manifesto reflects an attempt to explain the goals of Communism, as well as the theory underlying this movement. It argues that class struggles, or the exploitation of one class by another, are the motivating force behind all historical developments. As a historically significant work, it has a certain intrinsic interest. It is good to know what the great ideas are which have shaped history. In the first section, it discusses the Communists' theory of history and the relationship between proletarians and bourgeoisie. The second section explains the relationship between the Communists and the proletarians. The third section addresses the flaws in other, previous socialist literature. The final section discusses the relationship between the Communists and other parties. In this article, Marx was persuaded that the world should take the notion of the materialist conception of history very seriously indeed. He held that society can, and will,
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Unformatted text preview: change when the material conditions are in place to precipitate this change. He accepted that society changed in a series of shifts. An existing form of society would be challenged by another more viable form of society to produce a new phase of society. This phase would then become open to fresh challenges and to similar change itself. Today, most of the communist world has collapsed. Nominally communist countries like Vietnam and China are busily building market economies in defiance of everything Marx advocated, and Korea and Cuba are barely surviving, serving as models for no one. In China, they developed what they called “Som with Chinese Characteristics”. On the other hand, I can say that they dare not face communist society failure in China. The government had to make some change. Sometimes the government is as bashful as a child....
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This note was uploaded on 03/11/2012 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Leland during the Spring '12 term at Salem Intl..

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