Friday, January 7, 2011

Marx and Engel's "Manifesto of the Communist Party": A Summary

History is one big class struggle. Ancient Rome was all about keeping the plebes down; Feudalism was just some rich nobles keeping the peasants in line; Guilds divided workers into the cans and the cannots, who was and wasn't allowed to work; Slavery - well, obviously. It always ends in revolution, except it never ends - the revolutionaries just become the new assholes, and the whole cycle starts over again. 


And back in the day, the broppressors at least pretended that they had a good reason for the shenanigans they pulled. Divine mandate, social contract, meritocracy, whatever bro. But now the struggle is between those with capital and those without it, the brourgeois and the broletariat, and the brourgeois don't even pretend like they have a good reason. "It's about money, asshole, what're you going to do about it?" Either you're in or you're out, either you have capital and can exploit, or you have nothing and you're exploited. That's the fucking way it goes.



And slowly but surely, they're taking up every single industry. Remember when it was a noble profession, being a doctor or an ironworker or anything else that requires skill? Remember when people took pride in their work? Yeah, that's gone, and it's been openly and brazenly replaced with concerns about money and money alone. To the capitalists we are nothing more than potential dollars, and we're not making any progress. Occasionally a riot breaks out; sometimes a union forms, but nothing is really changing.


And I'm fucking sick of it.


What is it that Communists want? We want the abolition of private property, plain and simple. And all your arguments against it are meaningless in light of the oppression we face. I get it, you worked hard for your property, why should anyone take it from you? Except no one has hard-won property that they earned by their labor any more. It's been destroyed; they give you a task and they pay you a wage so that you can pay it right the fuck back for the privileges of eating and breathing. That is their idea of 'hard-won' property. Is no one else sick of this bullshit? You think it'll make everyone lazy? HA. As it is, the harder we work the less we have. You know who's lazy? The fucking bourgeois, that's who. 


Here's the crazy thing that no one seems to notice: nine-tenths of the population have already had their private property abolished. No one has anything, except the tenth that has everything; we just want to equalize those conditions. The only 'independence' or 'freedom' we want to abolish is the independence of the bourgeoisie from accountability or their freedom to disregard us.


You think we want to abolish patriotism? The proletariat has no country that protects them. There's no 'social contract' we're a part of, no reason to have any allegiance. The very first thing we'll do is return to men a reason to be proud of their fatherland.


And so, we must turn to political revolution, to take back the capital and seize the means of production. It'll be draconian, sure. It has to be; consider the conditions in which we've lived for so long. There is no other way; we cannot do it peacefully, because the peace is how we have been lulled into complacency for so long. Only when we share in the ownership of property, when all are equal with all, and all share in the labor, can there truly be freedom.

19 comments:

  1. As a Republican I must guess you hate Jesus.

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    1. You think Jesus would've been down with the republican ideal???? Ha! I really don't understand why most religious fundamentalists turn to the conservative route..... how can you truly follow the teachings of Jesus while promoting the disgustingly lavish lifestyles of the rich while we still have an extroardinary amount of our brothers and sisters freezing to death in the freezing cold and dying of starvation? You want to talk Jesus? Lets talk about what his stance would have been on welfare and equal opportunities for ALL. Jesus probably would have nailed his own self to a cross before giving in to the republican ideal.

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  2. working class of the world, let us fucking unite!

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  3. Broletariats of the world unite!

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  4. Well put! as someone who has never lived in a comunist regime...

    Private property is the cornerstone of freedom. As soon as you take the administration out of the hands of private individuals it has to be administered by the state, and thus the head of state becomes king and the necessary bureaucracy its court. You'll take from the private citizen the ability to stand up by himself, and leave him at the will the king and it's court.

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  5. "As soon as you take the administration out of the hands of private individuals it has to be administered by the state"

    Well in an actual communist system productive property (factories, farms etc) are owned by the community of people who work in these places. Hence the "commun" in Communism. With the possible exception of Spain shortly before Franco there probably has never been a country that actually implemented this kind of system.

    To set up this debate as personal ownership versus state ownership is to endorse a false dichotomy. There are plenty of economic systems in between these extremes. Marx himself was extremely critical of state power.

    In fact, Marx would probably take one look at Stalin's soviet russia and vomit.

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  6. Dude...you should do "the German Ideology" from his selected writings

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  7. this is brilliant broletariat

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  8. Communism, like most things in life is Perfect in theory, but impracticable, for one simple reason, "the human factor". You will always need someone to administer this and lead that. once you have someone raised above the other, you've given him power. Rationalize as you want, he ceases to be equal with the rest of the population. eventually, you will always have one leader, or leading council. once you have that, you end up with soviet Russia. Hell, even the smallest unit of society still has a father(in most cases) as the head, the mother(as the powerhouse) and children...
    All this without mentioning all the other sins that plague humanity. Ambition, jealousy, pride etc...
    Suck on that mr Marx.

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    1. You say "sins that plague humanity", why give greedy, ambitious individuals control over private businesses which has dire implications for people's lives? Marxism must be 100% democratic to work, which means people with responsibilty must be accountable and replacable. Though I agree with people who say it isnt easy to implement, that is no good reason not to strive for change and democratic control.

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  9. Leviathan:
    Yugoslavia had something like this. It did not work well because you need (or at least they almost always come) bureaucrats to arrange this. The bureaucrats always form a new, higher class (the nomenclature).
    So yeah, think Marx was fairly good at identifying problems, but his idea of a final revolution has not panned out, and likely won't.

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  10. Beautiful. If only I had a flat brimmed baseball cap.

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  11. @umoh you could be right but it has little basis in actual Marxist theory. "Human factor" as you see it (self-serving, jealous, competitive) exists only because of socialization through capitalist systems. Being an economic determinist, Marx believed that every aspect of our lives is driven by the means of production and distribution. In a capitalistic society, the people are individualistic and greedy because it is intrinsic within the system that governs their reality. Marx believed true human nature was at its core altruistic and social. He called this concept species-being. Just informing.

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  12. The idea of communism is fucking BEAUTIFUL, I think if it was properly done then all involved would lead pretty damn happy and awesome lives. However there are too many people (myself included, even as a minor) who couldn't function in that system, many would seize power, not because there was power to take, not because it was for the greater good, but simply because they could...

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  13. Hi Philosophy Bro,

    I like a lot of your stuff, but I'm not sure the Manifesto is the best thing to write about. Mainly because it isn't really philosophy. I'm saying this because over the span of years, I read the Manifesto various times and it always aggravated the shit out of me - Marx seemed unjustified, his logic a mess, etc. etc. Then more recently I started reading his earlier writings. These are actually philosophy, written for philosophers (or at least well-educated politically reformist oriented men of the time) as opposed to for workers. Additionally, Engels wrote this too. I recommend, if you have the time, for you to read his early writings and put one of those up. It will help people understand Marx on a much deeper level, and see his influences and thoughts as he drafted his ideas of communism.

    Keep up the good work.

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