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------------- The Communist manifesto written and formulated by Karl Marx -----------------------
The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains.
The theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property.
You are horrified at our intending to do away with private property. But in your existing society, private property is already done away with for nine-tenths of the population; its existence for the few is solely due to its non-existence in the hands of those nine-tenths. You reproach us, therefore, with intending to do away with a form of property, the necessary condition for whose existence is the non-existence of any property for the immense majority of society.
Communism deprives no man of the ability to appropriate the fruits of his labour. The only thing it deprives him of is the ability to enslave others by means of such appropriations.
The need of a constantly expanding market for its products chases the bourgeoisie over the whole surface of the globe. It must nestle everywhere, settle everywhere, establish connexions everywhere.
Capitalist production, therefore, develops technology, and the combining together of various processes into a social whole, only by sapping the original sources of all wealth -- the soil and the labourer
Hitherto, every form of society has been based ... on the antagonism of oppressing and oppressed classes.
The past lies like a nightmare upon the present.
In proportion as the exploitation of one individual by another is put an end to, the exploitation of one nation by another will also be put an end to. In proportion as the antagonism between classes within the nation vanishes, the hostility of one nation to another will come to an end.
Democracy is the road to socialism.
Christian Socialism is but the holy water with which the priest consecrates the heart-burnings of the aristocrat.
Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.
All great historical facts and personages occur, as it were, twice ... the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.
A spider conducts operations that resemble those of a weaver, and a bee puts to shame many an architect in the construction of her cells. But what distinguishes the worst architect from the best of bees is this, that the architect raises his structure in imagination before he erects it in reality.
Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks.
I do not like money, money is the reason we fight.
The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.
Capital is money, capital is commodities.... By virtue of it being value, it has acquired the occult ability to add value to itself. It brings forth living offspring, or, at the least, lays golden eggs.
Link to the Communist manifesto: http://www.anu.edu.au/polsci/marx/classics/manifesto.html