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London Times: The Dynamic Duo of Communism.

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London Times: The Dynamic Duo of Communism. It is 1848 and there is an extraordinary phenomenon happening in Western Europe, especially here in London. Today, we are interviewing two young special authors from the newly formed Communist League, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels to speak about the fundamentals and beliefs in their recently written pamphlet, The Communist Manifesto. The Communist Manifesto has created a revolutionary uniqueness throughout Europe. It has brought upon uneasiness among the great European governments and monarchies. What is this force that is causing dread among the European nations? The London Times investigates. In your book, The Communist Manifesto, what is Communism? Engels: Communism is a flawless economical and political concept, where there is no formal government and everyone lives in a small community. Necessities like wages, housing, and food are distributed equally to everyone. There are no means of productions or no technological equipments that will exploit the working class. The working class will merge as an independent whole, unbounded by the capitalist principles. "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs". ...read more.


(Pg 60) With the shift from feudalism to capitalism, it has helped to recognize an alienated class system within the society. The society will gradually split 'into two great hostile camps, into two great classes directly facing each other: bourgeoisie and proletariat.' Marx: "Freeman and slave, patrician and plebian, lord and serf, guildmaster and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed, stood in constant opposition to one another, carried on an uninterrupted, now hidden now open fight, a fight that each time ended, either in the revolutionary reconstitution of society at large, or in the common ruin of the contending classes." (Pg 58) The class struggle is the essential driving force that will eventually replace capitalism with socialism and later replaced by communism. With these class struggles, how can the proletariat overcome the authoritarianism of the bourgeoisie? Marx: The ruling elite continue to exploit their workers in order to gain more profit for themselves. The working class will subsequently become impoverish due to their craving for wealth. This will intensify the situation between the two classes. The exploited workers will rise up against the bourgeoisie; a revolution! ...read more.


"It is summed up in the phase: the bourgeoisie is a bourgeoisie---for the benefit of the working class."(Pg 108) After the proletariat revolution, there will be a period of 'Dictatorship of Proletariat'. During this period, the revolutionary leaders have to take over and give orders to the workers until they are ready to be self sufficient to govern and survive as a whole. By then, it will be a harmonious and prosperous society without the elements of the bourgeoisie. In the introduction of The Communist Manifesto, why did you start with sentence, "A specter is haunting Europe- the specter of communism."? Marx: The ideology of communism is spreading throughout Europe even as we speak. All major powers in Europe see communism as a ghost that is haunting governments and monarchies. They feel threaten by this powerful force and therefore creating a "holy alliance to hunt down and exorcise this specter. "Communism is already acknowledged by all European powers to be itself a power." In the end, Communist from various nations will unite as one, conquering the bourgeoisie and form the ultimate society. Thank you Mr. Marx and Mr. Engels for your time and personal information on Communism. 2 ...read more.

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