Reaction Paper: Communist Manifesto
The communist Manifesto is the author's way of interpreting the goals of Communism, as well as the theory underlying this movement. Two major points of the manifesto explain how class relationships are defined by an era's means of production. Also, the manifesto incorporates how class struggles, or exploitation of one class by another, are motivating force behind all historical developments. If those two points are not followed then a revolution occurs and a new class emerges as the ruling one. This outcome represents the march of history' which is driven by economic variables. The Manifesto argues that this development is inevitable, and the capitalism is inherently unstable. Elimination of social classes cannot come about through reforms or changes in government, a revolution will be required for such an outcome. I found it interesting that the author was not part of the government and was just some guy with an idea that ended up working in the eyes of certain unstable people.
I think that the reading was worth my time. Most readings that I am forced to read do not peak my interest. This work on the other hand was enjoyable because it was filled with information regarding the work of communism. This book has to be considered one of many famous literary works. It is hard to argue that the text is not worth reading. I don't believe in the ideas expressed in the text, but I respect the impact Willett 2
that the novel has had on society. Communism was viewed as such a scary topic for most of history and it was interesting to read about it. I am not sure why the author came up with these ideas. I do know that he was the basis for the idea of communism. It is hard to say that the author did not contribute to my understanding of the topic because if he did not, then I would be considered an idiot. It is almost like getting a basketball lesson from Michael Jordon and not improving your game....
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