Without question The Communist Manifesto is one of the most influential writings of all time, this pamphlet by Karl Marx with Frederick Engels helps you make sense of the 20th century. Because of it’s tremendous impact on millions of individuals and dozens of nations, it is considered a “great book.” For me, it has been incredibly empowering to consider Marx’s original ideas and how they have been applied in various ways. Honestly, there was something shocking on virtually every page. Read this book but make sure to guide youth through it!
Themes: class system; economics; history; government; leadership; family; education
1- What similarities can you find between religion and communism? Why are these similarities significant? What impact have they had in history?
2- Can the working class rule society? Why or why not?
3- Why does Marx hate capitalism? Is he right about it’s weaknesses? Are there strengths he doesn’t see?
4- Is Marx’s historical analysis correct? Is history the story of class struggles? Why or why not?
5- What are Marx’s foundational principles? What does he believe?