What are your views of the communist Manifesto by Marx?
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This is a pretty broad question...
To me, this is a very idealistic document that had very little chance of ever working in practice. It is also one that seems to me to take a very simplistic view of history.
I think that the idea that history is made up of a series of class struggles that will go in a certain order is pretty simplistic. It says that only class matters and everything else is false consciousness and I have a hard time believing that is true.
Second, so much of the 10 point program seems impractical -- things like the blurring of the town/country line and the idea that somehow all people can be given access to work without anyone owning real property -- to the point of being absurd.
So it seems to me like a nice thought, but one that could never happen.
I agree, in theory it sounds good, but is it practical and achievable. It seems absurd to believe that all people could and would be given the benefit of work and not have any real ownership. But let’s not kid ourselves--the people in power would have assets, and the people in power are usually those who are in the top class levels.
Of course, communism in the 20th century supports the above comments. Unfortunately, it seems that communism tends to turn into dictatorship. I don't think it has to be that way, but that seems to be the way it always turns out. What does Orwell say in Animal Farm: everyone is equal but some are more equal than others? That seems to be the rule, not the exception.
His belief that the laborers or working class would be able to eventually take control and be only one class thus eliminating class struggles was flawed. He failed to understand that without the capital of the upper class the laborers had no way of supporting themselves, let alone lead a successful uprising.
I like philosophy, so The Communist Manifesto is a good read to me, not to mention an insight into the mind of the man who changed the course of history forever. The idea that revolution is not possible without violent confrontation between the rich and the proletariat is unfortunately, in my opinion, exactly right. Privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily, as Reinhold Niebuhr once said.
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