The Communist Manifesto
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A sensation since it debuted in 1848, The Communist Manifesto is one of the most important political texts ever written. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels were German theorists who, by the mid-nineteenth century, felt that the time had come for working-class people to rebel against the wealthier ruling classes. A more just and equitable political system was needed, and Marx and Engels believed they had the solution. In their Manifesto, Marx and Engels advise readers that change is looming over all of Europe in the form of communism. They outline the fundamental problems of European society and government, calling all who suffer under the current regime to action. Their work led to passionate uprisings and huge political changes, for better and for worse. Whether taken as a rallying cry or a historical document, The Communist Manifesto is a fascinating read for anyone interested in the history of political and social change.
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Opening Lines (Experimental)
[From the English edition of 1888, edited by Friedrich Engels]
A spectre is haunting Europe--the spectre of Communism. All the Powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre: Pope and Czar, Metternich and Guizot, French Radicals and German police-spies.
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