Marx and Engels' Communist Manifesto

February 21, 2019

On 21 February 1848, Karl Marx (founder of Marxism) and Freidrich Engels published the Communist Manifesto Pamphlet in London, a primary source for the model of socialist Marxist Governments around the world.

Marx and Engels were German-born revolutionary socialists, part of the Communist League. Marx predominantly authored the pamphlet. Engels was born into a wealthy family and funded most of Marx’s research with his parent’s wealth.

The Communist Manifesto lays the grounds for Marxist thinking, calling for:

  • The working classes to “rise in rebellion” against the capitalist elites. It theorises that class struggles are the true origin of all ‘progress’ in a society.
  • The ‘dream’ of communism, in which the working class (aimed at the poor) overthrows the middle class and Government.
  • The revolution led by the working class proletariat, aiming to destroy all ownership of private property and social classes.

The Manifesto claims the destruction of all private property will be the inevitable result of destabilising capitalism. It details how Communists intend to promote this revolution against the capitalist ‘elites’, and that their goals cannot come through reforms and changes in government, only by revolution. The Left fell for this ideology and rather than limiting state power across the World, they expanded it. As Winston Churchill once said “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery”.

Commiserate this anniversary of the catalyst of Marxist and Communism by

  • Empathise this tragic day for those whom had to live in a Marxist regime (e.g. countries such as Albania, Benin, Cambodia, China, Republic of Congo, Cuba, Ethiopia and North Korea) and empathise the tragedies these people have had to go through because of this broken ideology.
  • Read and share what Senator Bernardi has to say about Socialism here
  • Viewing this brief clip on “Who is Karl Marx?” on the true legacy of Karl Marx
  • Read and learn more about Socialist symbols Ernesto “Che” Guevara, Vladimir Lenin, Fidel Castro and Mao Zedong
  • Sharing this post on social media and reminding those who are not informed about negative impact Socialism has had on the world.

Further details on Governments that implemented Marxism and Socialism

When the Bolsheviks (a Communist Marxist Party) took control of Russia on “behalf of the people”, they outlawed other parties and held no elections.

Other countries adopted Marxism and failed.

  • In 1959 Cuba attempted it, 5000 were executed and tens of thousands died after trying to escape the country on makeshift rafts. Before Cuba adopted Marxism the Country’s GDP per capita was around the same as South Korea, today South Korea’s GDP is five times higher than Cuba. (for more information, revisit the histories of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara)
  • In 1962 Myanmar (Burma) attempted to create a “socialist state”, when Ne Win seized power, his idea of a “socialist state” was introducing a one-party rule, nationalizing business and isolating the country from world trade.  The county was impoverished. 
  • While African countries Benin, Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe adopted Marxism which resulted in the countries suffering purges and oppression.
  • Albania adopted a Marxist-Leninist Government from 1946 to 1992. Albania in this time became one of the poorest dictatorships of Eastern Europe, with their leader Enver Hoxha banning almost all contact with other countries. Hoxha started prison camps in the country, modelling Stalin’s gulags; the inmates were forced to work on the countries mining and construction projects. Approximately 200,000 people were sent to these camps, Albania’s population at the time was three million which to equate to approximately one in fifteen people.

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