Posts Tagged ‘Communism’

Because it was free…

Last night I went on a “buying” spree, snatching up a bunch of free books from Amazon to have stuff to read on my iPad. Most of it is classic literature and public domain stuff, one of which was The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx. Perhaps because I went to Art School, I was never made to read it (or perhaps because I went to Art School it was assumed I had already read it), but I had not.

I found it interesting how much of the discussion still seemed relevant: free trade, protective duties, and the rapid class warfare (not that this part is terribly surprising). This thing was written pre-Civil War. There was still actual slavery (not just the economic slavery it focusses on) in America. The primary mode of locomotion was still foot (or hooves). And yet we still have the same economic concerns. Whoosh. I did actually laugh at a couple points, for a largely academic and stiffly formal sounding document, it did at one point accuse another group of having ‘high faulting’ ideals and then went on to accuse another group of philosophers of whining. Nice.

After finishing it up I decided to try and follow it up with The Republic by Plato, sadly by the time I worked (read/paged) my way through the hundred pages of pretentious introduction, I had lost all interest in trying to read the actual document. Maybe another time.

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