The Communist Manifesto

by

Karl Marx

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The Communist Manifesto: Introduction Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
According to Marx and Engels, the European powers are scared of the “spectre” of communism; the term is used to tarnish parties that seek to challenge those in power.
Marx and Engels view communism as unfairly feared and mischaracterized by those in power. One of the manifesto’s main aims is to fight back against this misrepresentation.
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Marx and Engels believe that this fear of communism makes two things clear: firstly, that communism is already a growing power. Secondly, it is time for the communists of various nationalities to explain, in the following manifesto, what they actually believe.
The manifesto is not a technical, academic text; it’s meant to be readable for the general public. Furthermore, it’s supposed to empower the public by telling them what communism actually is—and show them just why communism is growing (and why it should continue to do so).
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