Great Quotes from the Communist Manifesto

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The Manifesto of the Communist Party is one of the great works of world literature. Not only is it highly educating, but it is outstanding writing. Marx and Engels wrote a masterwork of punchy and memorable quotes, that have kept millions of people fascinated for over a century - and sure to do so for many centuries to come. So let us begin...

A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of communism.

Even today, the bourgeois mob are scared shitless of the Spectre of Communism. They can't stop taking about it.

https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/download/pdf/Manifesto.pdf
 

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The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.

Yes, this is true, and class usually comes about by one tribe conquering another. The conquered tribe becomes the dispossessed and landless working class.
 

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The modern bourgeois society that has sprouted from the ruins of feudal society has not done away with class antagonisms. It has but established new classes, new conditions of oppression, new forms of struggle in place of the old ones.

Obviously true.
 

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The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.

Yes, this is true, and class usually comes about by one tribe conquering another. The conquered tribe becomes the dispossessed and landless working class.
Victimology. Why always favour the weak? Conquest and power and glory are important traits of our civilisation.
 

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Victimology. Why always favour the weak? Conquest and power and glory are important traits of our civilisation.

I don't think Marx and Engels considered the Proletariat to be weak. Quite the opposite. It is the power of the bourgeoisie that's built on sand.
 

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A beautiful summation of the Manifesto by Engels from the Preface to the 1883 German Edition - the year Marx died.

The basic thought running through the Manifesto – that economic production, and the structure of society of every historical epoch necessarily arising therefrom, constitute the foundation for the political and intellectual history of that epoch; that consequently (ever since the dissolution of the primaeval communal ownership of land) all history has been a history of class struggles, of struggles between exploited and exploiting, between dominated and dominating classes at various stages of social evolution; that this struggle, however, has now reached a stage where the exploited and oppressed class (the proletariat) can no longer emancipate itself from the class which exploits and oppresses it (the bourgeoisie), without at the same time forever freeing the whole of society from exploitation, oppression, class struggles – this basic thought belongs solely and exclusively to Marx.
 

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From the serfs of the Middle Ages sprang the chartered burghers of the earliest towns. From these burgesses the first elements of the bourgeoisie were developed.

The bourgeoisie have turned their backs on their peasant origins, but yet they can never reach an aristocratic mentality. They are men who know the price of everything, and yet the value of nothing.
 

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Thrasymachus who observed that it did not matter what form of government we lived under, JUSTICE is always defined as the self-interest of government.
 

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The bourgeoisie, wherever it has got the upper hand, has put an end to all feudal, patriarchal, idyllic relations. It has pitilessly torn asunder the motley feudal ties that bound man to his “natural superiors”, and has left remaining no other nexus between man and man than naked self interest, than callous “cash payment”. It has drowned the most heavenly ecstasies of religious fervour, of chivalrous enthusiasm, of philistine sentimentalism, in the icy water of egotistical calculation. It has resolved personal worth into exchange value, and in place of the numberless indefeasible chartered freedoms, has set up that single, unconscionable freedom – Free Trade. In one word, for exploitation, veiled by religious and political illusions, it has substituted naked, shameless, direct, brutal exploitation. The bourgeoisie has stripped of its halo every occupation hitherto honoured and looked up to with reverent awe. It has converted the physician, the lawyer, the priest, the poet, the man of science, into its paid wage labourers. The bourgeoisie has torn away from the family its sentimental veil, and has reduced the family relation to a mere money relation.

This is a most brilliant description of the Liberal Capitalist world today. Marx could not even have imagined how right he was.
 

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Statue of Marx and Engels in Berlin


The Manifesto of the Communist Party is one of the great works of world literature. Not only is it highly educating, but it is outstanding writing. Marx and Engels wrote a masterwork of punchy and memorable quotes, that have kept millions of people fascinated for over a century - and sure to do so for many centuries to come. So let us begin...

A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of communism.

Even today, the bourgeois mob are scared shitless of the Spectre of Communism. They can't stop taking about it.

https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/download/pdf/Manifesto.pdf
Probably the first and last time I'll agree with one of your posts, but you're correct on the above.

Arguably the best quote is..

'The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win' Working Men of All Countries, Unite!

Unlike many on this site he sought to unite people not divide them on the basis of religion or race.
 
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