What is the purpose of The Communist Manifesto and how do you know?

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Karl Marx and Frederick Engels were prolific authors of economic and political theory. Marx in particular was a serious commentator on economic theory who wrote voluminously about the dehumanizing nature of capitalist economics. His multivolume series on Capital (Das Kapital) and his Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts set forth Marx’s predilections on what he viewed as the autocratic consequences of free enterprise and the evolution of society away from capitalism and towards socialism. In contrast to these other works, however, the Communist Manifesto is intended less as a protracted and sometimes utopian denunciation of capitalism, and more as a political call to action. Note in the final passage of the Manifesto the author's rallying cry to the masses:

The Communists disdain to conceal their views and aims. They openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions. Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communistic revolution. The...

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