Karl Marx And Engels In The Communist Manifesto

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The Communist Manifesto, by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, presents ten “commandments” that define a communist society – for example, the abolition of child labor and centralization of communication by the state (Marx, 176). Because of its bold claims for revolution to achieve an ideal society, communism - since its inception in the 19th century - has garnered radical support from every corner of the world, as well as extensive opposition. This paper will focus on three areas of the Communist Manifesto that has led me to support and question communism. These three areas consist of (1) Marx’s accurate critique of capitalism, (2) the lacking evolution of a united proletarian, and (3) the possibility of global communism as imperialistic.
According to Friedrich Hayek, a free market is a game we voluntarily participate in which will yield an income for an individual based on their skill and chance - “and once we have agreed to play the game and profited from its results, it is a moral obligation on us to abide by the results even if they turn against us” (Hayek, 175). According to Hayek, it is because of lack of skills and bad luck that one finds themselves overworked, underpaid, and stripped of individuality. In Communist Manifesto, Marx and Engels illustrate capitalism’s flaws in a way that Hayek completely neglects. In the case of individuality, capitalists have “converted the physician, the lawyer, the priest, the poet, the man of science, into its paid
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