The Communist Manifesto (version 2)


Read by Mark F. Smith

(4.3 stars; 343 reviews)

The Communist Manifesto was conceived as an outline of the basic beliefs of the Communist movement. The authors believed that the European Powers were universally afraid of the nascent movement, and were condemning as "communist," people or activities that did not actually conform to what the Communists believed. This Manifesto, then, became a manual for their beliefs.

In it we find Marx and Engel's rehearsal of the idea that Capital has stolen away the work of the artisan and peasant by building up factories to produce goods cheaply. The efficiency of Capital depends, then, on the wage laborers who staff the factories and how little they will accept in order to have work. This concentrates power and money in a Bourgeois class that profits from the disunity of workers (Proletarians), who only receive a subsistence wage.

If workers unite in a class struggle against the bourgeois, using riot and strikes as weapons, they will eventually overthrow the bourgeois and replace them as a ruling class. Communists further believe in and lay out a system of reforms to transform into a classless, stateless society, thus distinguishing themselves from various flavors of Socialism, which would be content to have workers remain the ruling class after the revolution.

The Manifesto caused a huge amount of discussion for its support for a forcible overthrow of the existing politics and society. (Summary by Mark F. Smith) (1 hr 27 min)

Chapters

1 - Bourgeois and Proletarians 35:59 Read by Mark F. Smith
2 - Proletarians and Communists 23:22 Read by Mark F. Smith
3 - Socialist & Communist Literature; 4 - Position of the Communists in Relatio… 28:34 Read by Mark F. Smith

Reviews

Excellent Reading, Regardless of View

(5 stars)

Regardless of whether you agree politically or not, this is an excellent reading of a historically significant text, which should be applauded.

A great reading of a great manifesto

(5 stars)

This could nearly have been written in the 21st century. The great thinkers of the 19th century still outlive mere human lifespan and their works are still influential today. Workers of the world will unite against a decaying capitalism

Alriiiiiiight!

(4.5 stars)

An essential philosophical text for our time - whether or not one agrees with the content, Marx&Engels have been and remain one of the most influential social philosophical forces for the global economic north-west, in just about every sphere of life. And this recording is clear, well-modulated and a great listen. Interesting to hear it in a South Carolina accent, I dig it

Exactly

(5 stars)

What I want in a reading for stuff like this. Clear, steady voice. Not boring, not dramatic, but not robotic either. Communism is still the best way forward, and the Manifesto remains an excellent snapshot of the movement's early days.

(5 stars)

well read I disagree with just about everything in it but. The points are interesting and I enjoyed the intellectual journey I had while listening to an idea that I disagree with.

(5 stars)

Well written, well read, well received. An interesting perspective into the geopolitics of the 1800s, and I'd say an interesting view on how humanity can move forward.

(5 stars)

Excellent to have historical literature and unique historical figures able to talk to us through Librivox. Thank you for your volunteer time and effort.

Very well read and easy to understand

(5 stars)

The narrator was of professional quality. The book wasn't as hard to grasp as I'd thought