Daily Archives: January 3, 2010

Manifesto of the Communist Party

A ‘Manifestoon’

A comrade has pointed out the Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels has an animated version on YouTube. You can view it below. The animated version includes many Disney characters from the heartlands of capitalism. The animations used are excellent if a little dated — the cartoon refers to ‘our epoch’ as being the ’20th century’.

The Manifesto remains timeless although the facts used by Marx and Engels are based in the 19th century. Capitalism continues to evolve on its old themes of profit and growth based on the exploitation of workers.

Communist Mainfesto - LeftPress Edition - $2 from PO Box 5093 West End 4101.

Many years ago Leftpress Workers Printing and Publishing printed an edition with our own introduction.

“The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles. Freeman and slave, patrician and plebeian, lord and serf, guild-master and journeyman, in a word oppressor and oppressed stood in constant opposition to one another, carried on an uninterrupted, now hidden, now open fight, a fight that each time ended either in a revolutionary reconstitution of society at large, or in the common ruin of the contending classes” In reality for all the great changes since 1848 the injustices which first prompted the Manifesto still remain evident….

We seek a world free of the obscene competition for weapons of mass destruction and free of poverty, illiteracy and inhuman living conditions; a world where the word solidarity is not just an empty phrase but is an animated thing given flesh and breath with new economic and political structures which eliminate human misery and alienation. For us, although written more than a century ago, the Communist Manifesto remains a valid tool of criticism and source of inspiration (extract from the Publishers Note) – Reprinted by Leftpress ( 48 pages)

Ian Curr
Jan 2010

[Thanks to Don Wilson for the tip about the animation on You Tube]