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The Communist Manifesto

Narrated by: Michael Scott
Length: 45 mins
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"The Communist Manifesto" was first published on February 21, 1848, and is one of the world's most influential political tracts. Commissioned by the Communist League and written by communist theorists Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, it laid out the League's purposes and program. The Manifesto suggested a course of action for a proletarian revolution to overthrow capitalism and, eventually, to bring about a classless society.

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  • Wayne
  • 02-11-18

Note: This is anabridged version

The manifesto pamphlet written in 1848 by Marx and Engels was approximately twice the length of this abridged version, but 50% of their craziness is plenty for me. Michael Scott's narration is quite good.

The history of the theories of communism, which is a form of revolutionary socialism, goes back to Hegel and his contemporaries late in the 18th century and early 19th century. The intent was to find an socioeconomic system that eased the economic ups and downs of capitalism as well as its uneven wealth distribution.

The two major forms (of several) of socialism are revolutionary socialism and reform socialism. What all forms socialism that have been tried have in common is they ALWAYS end in dictatorship and citizens ALWAYS end up poorer (including starving) than they had been before it was tried. And millions of people usually end up dead. Examples of communism/revolutionary socialism include the USSR, mainland China, Cuba, and Cambodia. Examples of reform socialism include Mussolini's fascist Italy, Hitler's Nazi Germany, and Hugo Chávez's Venezuela.

Communism remains popular among many western (including US) intellectuals who claim despite its repeated utter failure it has "never been done right", but democratic socialism, also called Fabian socialism, is the more popular brand in the west today. The theory is to evolve capitalism gradually into a "kinder, gentler" form of democratic socialism. Nehru tried it in India with poor success before the country became capitalist again. The UK Labour Party made strong strides under Harold Wilson toward democratic socialism and came damned close to destroying the UK, but Margaret Thatcher was elected and she put a swift end to that. The Democratic Socialists of America are a significant force in the Democratic Party and the permanent executive branch bureaucracy in the US today (the now popular term "social justice" is democratic socialism lingo).

Me? I like capitalism and individualism.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-07-19

bad narration

Couldn't keep listening. The reading doesn't come naturally. It's as if the book is read by a slightly excited robot.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-11-18

I felt as if I did not learn as much as I expected

Initially, I thought that the book would be much longer. The performance of the speaker was good, his voice was appropriate to the theme. But I felt as if I did not learn too much from the book, it just made me wonder more about the past and what lead to the rise of communism.

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  • Biscutbuu Horror Reviews
  • 23-10-18

it's a classic for sure but....

it's only half of the book, as far as I know this isn't listed as abridged. so yeah just read it yourself

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  • Nicolas
  • 29-05-19

I don't get it

hard to understand how entire societies adhere to this doctrine. guess that's why it hasn't really worked in real life

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