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Communist Manifesto


 
Pure capitalism with no government involvement leads to major societal problems, particularly in the industrial age.  The working class becomes exploited by the entrepreneurs seeking profit.  The working class receives none of the benefits and is even placed in danger. 

The rich got richer and the poor got poorer.

Karl Marx and Frederick Engels wrote The Communist Manifesto as an outline of what they saw as the perfect economic society: one where the workers controlled the economy for the benefit of everyone. All resources of a country would be collected and redistributed evenly. Everyone would be equal, so there would be no class differences.

Communism struck a chord with the exploited workers.  The Manifesto was published at a time when many revolutions were taking place. 

This was a dramatic threat to those whose power came from having money (like kings, czars, and other rich people). 

"Working men of the world UNITE!"

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