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The COMMUNIST MANIFESTO After 150 Years By: David Horowitz
FrontPageMagazine.com | Thursday, January 01, 1998

The opening statement of Marx's famous manifesto, that the history of mankind is the history of class struggle, is really the essence and sum of its message. This message is above all a call to arms. According to Marx, democratic societies are not really different in kind from the aristocratic and slave societies that preceded them. Like their predecessors, liberal societies are divided into classes that are "oppressed" and those who oppress them. The solution to social problems lies in a civil war that will tear society asunder and create a new revolutionary world from its ruins.

This idea of Marx has proven to be as wrong as idea any ever conceived; more destructive in its consequences then any intellectual fallacy in the history of mankind. Since the Manifesto was written 150 years ago a hundred million people have been killed in its name. Between ten and twenty times that number have been condemned to lives of unnecessary misery and human squalor, deprived of the life chances afforded the most humble citizens of the industrial democracies that Marxists set out to destroy.

Marx was a brilliant mind and a seductive stylist, and many of his insights look reasonable enough, on paper. But the evil they have wrought, on those who fell under their practical sway, far outweighs any possible intellectual gain. It would be a healthy development for everyone, rich and poor alike, if future generations regarded Karl Marx's Manifesto in the same sinister light as Mein Kampf and other destructive products of the human soul.

David Horowitz is the founder of The David Horowitz Freedom Center and author of the new book, One Party Classroom.

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