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University of Toronto Scarborough
Ivanka Knezevic

The Communist system according to Karl Marx is the synthesis of British political economy French Socialism and German philosophy Marx and Engels viii In 1847 radical workers called the Communist League commissioned Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels to write a manifesto on their behalf soon known as The Communist Manifesto The Communist Manifesto was meant to be a broad description reflecting and attempt to explain this synthesis and the goals of Communism as well as the theory underlying this movement It was the most widely read and most influential piece of writing which described the systematic statement of the philosophy that has come to be known as Marxism The authors of this book attempt to show how Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels strived to prove that the whole point of Communism had been to outdo and supersede Capitalism The Communist Manifesto further discusses in detail the relationship between the Bourgeois and Proletarians the Proletarians and Communists and the Socialist and Communist LiteratureKarl Marx and Friedrich Engels believed that by theorizing they were actively influencing history The purpose of The Communist Manifesto was to emphasize the claim that a Communist society would be the most successful society as it would rid of current antagonisms and would keep people from subjugating others in the process of appropriating products of labour 70 The first political society to be discussed in this book is the bourgeoisie who in society are the class of modern Capitalists When in power they own the means of production and are the employers of wage labourers Modern bourgeoisie is itself the product of a long course of development of a series of revolutions in the modes of production and exchange 52 The Manifesto exemplifies how whenever they obtain the upper hand the bourgeoisie put an end to all feudal patriarchal and idyllic relations 1
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