The Communist Manifesto


Karl Marx

Also words

Friedrich Engles and A JP Taylor

Volumes and volumes could be written about communism, but in fact, the actual Communist Manifesto is a mere forty pages. Karl Marx, the principal former of communism as we know it now, later wrote many books fulfilling the outline or skeleton of communism, which is the Communist Manifesto. Communism cannot be summed up in one sentence, but it can be summed up in ten main ideas, sort of like the Ten Commandments of true communism. We know communism did not work, because of one main reason: it defies human nature and human rights.

Although communism in different countries and years might differ, the following is an outline of what is done to have a communist government as described in length in the Communist Manifesto:

1. All private property has to be annihilated and turned into public property. This means that all property will go to the government (who knows how greedily they will use it) and distributed fairly within all the masses. Later on this part also included food, clothes and personal items to be distributed evenly in rations like the property was, but Marx did not say this in his manifesto.

2. A large progressive income tax. This made it so that everyone receives almost the same income; of course this does not include the aristocracy, which Marx was not thinking of...or was he?

3. This one is simple: abolition of right of inheritance. Basically the money goes to the government once again and they are suppose to use it to benefit the country.

4. Property of emigrants and rebels is taken away, and sent to the government who are meant to use it for the benefit of the country.

5. All of the people’s money in the country is in one national bank and in the hands of the state. Who knows what might happen to the money in the bank?

6. Communication and transportation is in the hands of the state. This basically means no free speech; the government takes the right to censor any publications and thoughts, like ones against the government. Marx would not be able to write this manifesto without this right. It also means that the state will censor where you go and leaving the country, like in bad times.

7. Basically what Marx meant here, is that there is always improvement and progress agriculturally, and that agriculture and farming should be very important. This happens in a normal country, but I think Marx is trying to get people on his side (like our president does often instead of just improving the country, it is basically doing things to make certain people happy). Marx might also be just a little WACO.

8. All men have to work, and establishment of industrial armies. Even Marx himself noted that laziness might overtake the populous, but he then said that they would be able to undertake the laziness and become better people. Marx obviously does not understand human nature.

9. The destruction or abolition of the distinction between town and country by a combination of agriculture and manufacturing industries and, also by evenly distributing the population across the country. There is one problem here, for instance, the people living in Siberia might revolt on this matter because of the unfavorable location that they have to live in. The point of this is to help make fewer conflicts between townsmen and countrymen.

10. Free education in public schools and elimination of child labor. When learning in school, you also learn about industrial production. This means that while learning normal school stuff, you also learn an occupation.

When all this is done in every civilized country and it is running smoothly (yeah right)

(Then, after all this is completed we have a perfect world or Utopia, just what Marx wanted, but life is about conflicts and problems)

There are many flaws and problems considering human nature and human rights in Marx’s Communist Manifesto. First of all, a Utopian society is impossible and it is just a dream by Thomas Moore. To think that one day we would reach Utopia is ridiculous, part of human life is conflicts, or what would life be, the Brady Bunch. First, people like to own their own property and not have share it with the world.