Civics Lesson: The Communist Manifesto
The Communist Manifesto is an 1848 pamphlet by German philosophers Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. It was originally published in London just as the Revolutions of 1848 began to erupt. It presents an analytical approach to the class struggle, the conflicts of capitalism, and the capitalist mode of production, rather than a prediction of communism’s potential future forms. The Communist Manifesto summarises Marx and Engels’ theories concerning the nature of society and politics, namely that in their own words “[t]he history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles”.
Communist ideology is based on a core ideology of the power and dignity of the worker. It is a globalist ideology that attempts to unify all workers in all nations, regardless of race, religion, or nationality, and to unite them in class struggle against the bourgeoisie. Communists seek to end private ownership of property and nationalize all industries to fulfill the motto, “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.”
Conservatives like to confuse the word Socialism with the word Communism and claim that they are synonymous. This has been the core logical fallacy at the root of all Red Scare propaganda. The theory gains lots of traction because the word “Socialist” is in the name of the NAZI party.