The Communist Manifested

There is a spectre haunting Europe
and the spectre is Communism

“What’s a spectre?”

“What’s a spectre?
… I don’t know”

“Is it a ghost?”

“No, I don’t think so.
A phantom, that would be a ghost.”

“Isn’t a spectre also a ghost?”

“It might be. I mean,
I”m not using it in that sense
although maybe I am right
a spectre, a ghost,
an apparition haunting Europe
yea actually that makes sense
OK”

“So, if communism is a spectre
that’s haunting Europe,
wouldn’t that be a bad thing?”

“No, not necessarily.
There are friendly ghosts
right
Casper
he was friendly.”

“He was friendly”

“Yea, he was
that was a nice movie
I enjoyed watching that movie
with Casper
and those other ghosts
I can’t remember their names”

“Yea, neither can I”

“Hmm”

OK, so there’s a spectre
and ummm…

y’know I’m not really sure
why I started with that
metaphor
or is it an analogy?

“What’s the difference?”

I’m not sure…

Well, either way
the point is
that the history of the world
right

the history of the world
is the history of class struggle.

“What does that mean?”

Well, it means that uhh
people
are always fighting
and
money

money is a big part of that

the rich taking advantage of the poor
the kings and noblemen
taxing the peasants
so on and so forth

“OK”

So, yea
umm that’s what’s been going on

“OK”

So, let’s just say
that
that

y’know
the whole fighting thing

will continue
right

like always
like forever
as some-sort-of
principle of the Cosmos
or human-nature
or
the material world

and it will continue
through our life-times
but
then
stop all of a sudden
with the result
of a Communist Revolution

“You mean the ghost?”

Yea, well
that was a metaphor
but
yea the spectre

Communism

“OK, so you’re saying
that there’s this principle
of eternal history
that always has happened
dialectically
fighting
class struggle
the rich and the poor
the feudal lords
and vassals
guild-masters
and journeymen
apprentices
and serfs
the gradations
of subordinate
classes
oppression
the bourgeoisie
and the proletariat

and all this is going
to come to an end
suddenly?”

Yea

“So, this whole theory
of commerce
and navigational
disputes
and agriculture
and economics
and republics
and medieval europe
stating that the world
will always
involve class struggle
will somehow
stop once
there’s your Communist
Revolution?”

Yea

“So, the priests
the poets
the men of science
the labourers
the physicians
the pyramids
and aqueducts
and Gothic cathedrals
and instruments
and prejudices
and fast-frozen
relations
the expanding markets
the established
connections
the reactions
the nationalities
the one-sidedness
and narowmindedness
barbarian
and civilization
foreigners
the Chinese Wall
agglomerations
populations
productions
and provinces
laws
and government
and taxation

all of this
you’re whole theory
of perpetual class-struggle
is suddenly going to stop
once the Communist
Revolution has
transpired?”

Yea

“So, the East
and the West
the tariffs
the rivers
the electricity
and telegraphs
machinery
the crisis
the conditions
the epochs
the masses
the monotony
the factory
the manual labor
the sex
the exploits
the capital
Modern Industry
all
this
which is leading
to this Revolution
inevitably
this eternal class-struggle
is suddenly going
to stop once
the Revolution has
occurred?”

Yea

“And, does this make sense?”

What do you mean?

“Well, if you’re theory
is humanity is always involved
in class struggle,
and this is leading inevitably
to the Communist Revolution,
then why wouldn’t
humanity continue to have
class struggle
after the Communist Revolution?”

What do you mean?

“Well, why wouldn’t
there still be classes
and struggles
between those classes
after the Revolution?”

Well, after the Revolution
there won’t be any classes

“Right, but wouldn’t eventually
new classes form
and then new class struggles?”

No

“Why not?”

Well, it’s dialectical

“What does that mean?”

That means that there
is a synthesis
of the thesis
and the anti-thesis
right

“OK…”

Yea, so its dialectical

“OK, well just because
its dialectical…
why would that mean
there isn’t class struggle?”

Well, because
of the dialectic
The Communist
Revolution is
the synthesis
right

“Right, but wouldn’t
that synthesis
then become
the new thesis
to in-time have its
own anti-thesis
and then a new
synthesis
i.e. future class struggles
and future revolutions?”

No, I don’t think so.

“Well, why not?”

Well, y’know
the thing
is
right
I hear what you’re saying
but
the thing is “All that is Solid
Melts into Air”

“What does that mean?”

Well, it means that the traditions
the conventions the guilds
the nobility the effrontery
the facade the decadence
the bourgeoisie
religion
God
all these things
they melt into air

“Right… but what does that mean?”

Y’know, it means
the solid things melt
into air
and then they don’t exist
anymore
like the Revolution
over-turning the Capitalist
order
the rising up of the workers

“Right, OK yea sure
I’m with you there
Revolution Go Communism!
Casper right
all that
but that still doesn’t really
answer my question
about
why you think the Revolution
would mean there wouldn’t
be future classes
and future class struggles?”

Well, as I said its uhh
Dialectical

“Alright…”

Yea… let’s just move on
and end with a strong
closing line

“OK, that sounds good.”

May the world shake at
the power of the Communist party!

“Is that a continuation of
the Casper metaphor?”

Not necessarily…

“Oh, OK”

And let us all hold hands
and break our bonds
while forming
new ones
of friendship and love

and hopefully not cause
decades of tyranny
and dictators
and massive human
rights violations
in the process

and…

ya-de-ya-da
unifying slogan
exclamation mark

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