The Communist Manifesto


Read by Jon Ingram

(4 stars; 659 reviews)

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels wrote their Manifesto in December 1847, as a guide to the fundamental principles and practices of Communists. The Manifesto also predicted the ultimate downfall of the capitalist system.
(Summary written by Gesine)

A recording in the original German language is available here (1 hr 36 min)

Chapters

Section 1: Bourgeois and Proletarians 39:48 Read by Jon Ingram
Section 2: Proletarians and Communists 27:24 Read by Jon Ingram
Section 3: Socialist and Communist Literature 29:41 Read by Jon Ingram

Reviews

very interesting

(4 stars)

hearing about communism from the original source is very interesting. rather than getting a distorted view and the tired arguments for and against it, you get good context and understanding of the ideas. I'd recommend this to anyone interested in political theory or political philosophy

Well read and relevant

(5 stars)

The book is well read and is a fairly quick listen. While listening to the phrase “communist” may invoke some strong emotions in many, many of the points of view articulated within are simply indisputable facts about the nature of capitalism and wages. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels manage to teach more about simple economics in this short dialogue than most freshman learn in an entire semester. Keeping that in mind, the book is old now (over 100) and the primary focus is industry and not a service economy. While still relevant to this day, the book is ultimately a work of history and can be used to better appreciate what the labor struggle looked like historically and how it may be inspired for future generations.

(5 stars)

don't agree with it, but none the less, it is a great historical phenomena.

(4 stars)

A decent enough read and like any idea, it had its time. Sadly the authors were completely misguided both in terms of human behaviour and in failing to recognise how the proletariat would also gain under capitalism. It is if course far from perfect and requires varying degrees of regulation but still offers more freedom than the totalitarian mindset of regimes and movements which claim to speak for or represent 'the people' when invariably speak for and represent only their own narrow ideologies. Well done to the reader though.

Well read

(4.5 stars)

Well read, good quality recording, something I was always curious to read.

(3 stars)

well read, but communists are crazy. complete fiction

A book for everyone to read/listen, brilliantly read

(5 stars)

caused the death of millions of people.

(1 stars)