The Communist Manifesto (version 2)

Read by Mark F. Smith

(4.3 stars; 222 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)


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


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.


(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

Great job as always by the reader

(4 stars)

Mr Smith turns in another stellar performance. Funny thing about the manifesto; almost everything they said wouldn't happen did. what they said would happen didn't. The thing is almost uniformly wrong.

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

(4.5 stars)

The audio quality is excellent. The reader is great, at times expresses too much emotion in my opinion. But hey, this is a manifesto!

(5 stars)

An enriching essay that draws you into Karl Marx’s ideology. A fantastic source in learning how to structure an essay.

Good Quality

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Great reading that made the text more accessible than it might otherwise be.

love it good book

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good book about that dream of a white picket fence