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«Muy conveniente, ahora que tantos fantasmas de signo contrario (ideológicos y de carne y hueso) recorren la vieja Europa. Si creen que su contenido es pura arqueología, reléanlo sin prejuicios. Comprobarán que, como les sucede a todos los clásicos, es una obra que “nunca termina de decir lo que tiene que decir”»
Manuel Rodríguez Rivero, El País
Un fantasma vuelve a recorrer Europa
Una edición del 'Manifiesto comunista' ilustrada por Fernando Vicente triunfa en la Feria del Libro empujada por la incertidumbre de la crisis
Jose María Ridao
Este manifiesto, publicado en Londres en 1848, fue redactado por Marx y Engels por encargo del segundo congreso de la Liga Comunista.
Además del programa de un partido, es un lúcido análisis de la sociedad capitalista del siglo XIX que, en muchos aspectos, sigue siendo actual.
No estamos ante un panfleto sino ante un clásico del pensamiento occidental que ha llegado a ser el libro más difundido tras la Biblia y cuyos planteamientos deben ser conocidos, pues han encarnado los sueños de millones de personas y son parte fundamental de la historia del movimiento obrero.
Here, at last, is an authoritative introduction to history’s most important political document, with the full text of The Communist Manifesto by Marx and Engels.
This beautifully organized and presented edition of The Communist Manifesto is fully annotated, with clear historical references and explication, additional related texts, and a glossary that will bring the text to life for students, as well as the general reader.
Since it was first written in 1848, the Manifesto has been translated into more languages than any other modern text. It has been banned, censored, burned, and declared “dead.” But year after year, the text only grows more influential, remaining required reading in courses on philosophy, politics, economics, and history.
“Apart from Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species,” notes the Los Angeles Times, the Manifesto “is arguably the most important work of nonfiction written in the 19th century.” The Washington Post calls Marx “an astute critic of capitalism.” Writing in The New York Times, Columbia University Professor Steven Marcus describes the Manifesto as a “masterpiece” with “enduring insights into social existence.”
The New Yorker recently described Karl Marx as “The Next Thinker” for our era. This book will show readers why.
Phil Gasper is a professor of philosophy at Notre Dame de Namur University in northern California. He writes extensively on politics and the philosophy of science and is a frequent contributor to CounterPunch.
Throughout, Findlay draws on a variety of disciplines and maintains a broad-ranging perspective. Among the appendices are Engels’ “Draft of a Communist Confession of Faith,” correspondence and journalism of Marx and Engels, ten illustrations, and eight additional influential political manifestos from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Marx’s life and works
* Concise introductions to the major books and essays
* All the major works, with individual contents tables
* Features rare essays appearing for the first time in digital publishing
* Images of how the books were first published, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Features three biographies — discover Marx’s intriguing life
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
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CRITIQUE OF HEGEL’S PHILOSOPHY OF RIGHT, 1843
ON THE JEWISH QUESTION, 1843
THE HOLY FAMILY, 1845
THESES ON FEUERBACH, 1845
THE POVERTY OF PHILOSOPHY, 1847
WAGE LABOUR AND CAPITAL, 1847
MANIFESTO OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY, 1848
THE CLASS STRUGGLES IN FRANCE, 1850
ADDRESS OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE TO THE COMMUNIST LEAGUE
THE EIGHTEENTH BRUMAIRE OF LOUIS NAPOLEON, 1852
A CONTRIBUTION TO THE CRITIQUE OF POLITICAL ECONOMY, 1859
MARX’S INAUGURAL ADDRESS
THE CIVIL WAR IN FRANCE, 1871
CRITIQUE OF THE GOTHA PROGRAM, 1875
MR. GEORGE HOWELL’S HISTORY OF THE INTERNATIONAL WORKING-MEN’S ASSOCIATION
NOTES ON ADOLPH WAGNER, 1883
SECRET DIPLOMATIC HISTORY OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
REVOLUTION AND COUNTER-REVOLUTION
THE LIFE AND TEACHING OF KARL MARX by Max Beer
BRIEF BIOGRAPHY by Eduard Bernstein
ENGELS’ SPEECH AT THE GRAVE OF KARL MARX by Friedrich Engels
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The Communist Manifesto was conceived as an outline of the basic beliefs of the Communist movement. The authors believed that the European powers were universally afraid of the nascent movement, and were condemning as "Communist" people or activities that did not actually conform to what the Communists believed. This manifesto, then, became a manual for their beliefs.
In it we find Marx and Engels' rehearsal of the idea that Capital has stolen away the work of the artisan and peasant by building up factories to produce goods cheaply. The efficiency of Capital depends, then, on the wage laborers who staff the factories and how little they will accept in order to have work. This concentrates power and money in a bourgeois class that profits from the disunity of workers (proletarians), who only receive a subsistence wage.
If workers unite in a class struggle against the bourgeois, using riot and strikes as weapons, they will eventually overthrow the bourgeois and replace them as a ruling class. Communists further believe in and lay out a system of reforms to transform into a classless, stateless society, thus distinguishing themselves from various flavors of socialism, which would be content to have workers remain the ruling class after the revolution.
The manifesto caused a huge amount of discussion for its support for a forcible overthrow of the existing politics and society...
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