Reflections on Communist Manifesto

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My previous knowledge of Karl Marx was based on what was filtered through in my history books. Naturally, communism was depicted as inferior and a threat to democracy. The overall impression that I was left with is that communism is oppressive and encourages rebellion using any type of force to accomplish the goal.
Now that I am being "forced" to read the Communist Manifesto, I cannot help but feel gyped by my former education. Once I got past the complex verbage, the text reminded me of Old Major's dream in the book Animal Farm. Old Major has a dream about equality and tells the other animals that man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He encourages them to put their entire being into achieving a successful revolt. On the surface that is the basis of communism. The manifesto itself also points out the flaws of capitalism. The workers never see the products of their labor because the capitalists or corporations claimed the profit for themselves. In other words, workers grew the grain; the landowners took it. Workers made the chairs; factory owners sold them and kept the profit. Marx saw this as a problem and how it would lead to massive exploitation of the workers. Marx was predicting globalization. Efficiency gains on a global scale are rising faster than the demand for new workers and it will lead to increasing poverty and starvation for the average worker of the world. Many of the rich becoming impoverished and falling down into the growing "proletariat" pool as companies at the top buy each other out and consolidate. Marx and Engel uses mode of production to refer to the specific organization of economic production in a given society. Capitalism is a mode of production based on private ownership of the means of production. In laymen terms, capitalistic societies thrive maximum labor can be extracted from workers at the lowest costs. The…...

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