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    Dear Reader,

    The Communist Manifesto is the most often read piece of communist literature. For many of us, itís the first book or text that we read that brings the ideals of socialism and communism to our lives. The enclosed study guide for the Communist Manifesto will help you exam and discuss this important document. You will find questions, a set of definitions and charts for different sections to help you organize your thoughts and ideas. The questions within the study guide are meant to guide you, as the reader, to the important political, theoretical and philosophical aims of the Communist Manifesto.

    As you begin to read the Manifesto, we must remember the historical background and importance of the Manifesto. The Communist Manifesto lays out the theory and practice of placing the working class in the center of the class struggle. Marx and Engels were commissioned by the Communist League at its convention in 1847 to draft a programme for the League together. This programme, titled The Communist Manifesto, was first published on February 21st, 1848.

    The Manifesto is not meant to be in-depth. It is meant to have a broad view and cover a lot of ideas and concepts to start your thinking. It is not the end all, be all of communist thought (i.e. statements on women and religion). The Manifesto is, instead, a living document. Some of the ideas you may question and others you will find very relevant to your struggles today.

    During your study of the Manifesto, you will have to pick a facilitator or a few facilitators to help lead the discussions during the meetings. For the facilitator, we have enclosed a guide to help you lead the discussion. Ideally, you would leave time in your regular club meetings for the discussions but you can also schedule times outside of club meetings to discuss the book.

    We suggest that you use the edition of the Manifesto that is published by International Publishers. To order copies, you can go to IPís website or call 212-366-9816. The IP price of the book is $2.50.

    At the bottom of the study guide you will find a feedback form for your club to fill out after you have gone through the study guide. Your feedback and suggestions are important to us and will help us ensure that our study guides are useful for your club. Please mail your suggestions to the national office at: YCL, 235 West 23rd street, New York, NY 10011

    Have fun reading,


    Education and Literature Committee, Young Communist League USA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Globetrotter View Post
    http://www.yclusa.org/article/articleview/1706/1/319/

    Dear Reader,

    The Communist Manifesto is the most often read piece of communist literature. For many of us, itís the first book or text that we read that brings the ideals of socialism and communism to our lives. The enclosed study guide for the Communist Manifesto will help you exam and discuss this important document. You will find questions, a set of definitions and charts for different sections to help you organize your thoughts and ideas. The questions within the study guide are meant to guide you, as the reader, to the important political, theoretical and philosophical aims of the Communist Manifesto.

    As you begin to read the Manifesto, we must remember the historical background and importance of the Manifesto. The Communist Manifesto lays out the theory and practice of placing the working class in the center of the class struggle. Marx and Engels were commissioned by the Communist League at its convention in 1847 to draft a programme for the League together. This programme, titled The Communist Manifesto, was first published on February 21st, 1848.

    The Manifesto is not meant to be in-depth. It is meant to have a broad view and cover a lot of ideas and concepts to start your thinking. It is not the end all, be all of communist thought (i.e. statements on women and religion). The Manifesto is, instead, a living document. Some of the ideas you may question and others you will find very relevant to your struggles today.

    During your study of the Manifesto, you will have to pick a facilitator or a few facilitators to help lead the discussions during the meetings. For the facilitator, we have enclosed a guide to help you lead the discussion. Ideally, you would leave time in your regular club meetings for the discussions but you can also schedule times outside of club meetings to discuss the book.

    We suggest that you use the edition of the Manifesto that is published by International Publishers. To order copies, you can go to IPís website or call 212-366-9816. The IP price of the book is $2.50.

    At the bottom of the study guide you will find a feedback form for your club to fill out after you have gone through the study guide. Your feedback and suggestions are important to us and will help us ensure that our study guides are useful for your club. Please mail your suggestions to the national office at: YCL, 235 West 23rd street, New York, NY 10011

    Have fun reading,


    Education and Literature Committee, Young Communist League USA

    You rotten pinko commie! You and your buddy, Kruschev.

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    Thats not pink, thats full ass-red.
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    I guess I didn't get the memo, about when Human Nature changed, and people became people who want to work their asses off and do the best job they can, and really apply themselves and all that, when they can plainly see that they're going to have whatever they produced taken away and given to somebody who didn't do any work.

    Yeah I missed that memo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voice of Reason View Post
    I guess I didn't get the memo, about when Human Nature changed, and people became people who want to work their asses off and do the best job they can, and really apply themselves and all that, when they can plainly see that they're going to have whatever they produced taken away and given to somebody who didn't do any work.

    Yeah I missed that memo.
    It probably didn't have the new cover sheet on it. Your scheduled for a counseling.
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    Some old Soviet jokes (translated from Hungarian.)

    The Five Year Plan

    A propagandist from the big city describes the benefits of the famous Five Year Plan to members of a co-operative:

    "You know, comrades, these plans will increase our living standard dramatically. After fulfilling the first Five Year Plan, every one of you will havea radio. After the second year, a car, and after the third year a helicopter!"

    "Comrade," interrupts old Yuri, "What for - whad did you say, a helicopter for me? I don't see the use of it at all."

    "Comrade!" cried the propagandist. "You are gravely mistaken. Believe me, a helicopter may come in very handy. Say, you got word from the early morning news on the radio that there is meat, say, in Khabarovsk. You jump in to your helicopter and off you go..."

    How about?

    A foreign reporter makes interviews with pedestrians in Moscow. He buttons his first man and asks him directly:
    "Hi, tell me. How is your accomodation"?
    "My accomodation? Why, I have two rooms, a nice kitchen, and a shower room."
    "And before, how was it before?"
    "Well, we were living five persons in a room., the WC in the corridor."
    "How about your monthly salaries?"
    "To tell you the truth, I've got a nice salary, I even have a savings bank account, rather well supplied."
    "And before?"
    "Before? Well, before I didn't have a nickel."
    "Now, how about your meals?"
    "Plenty. Anything I fancy: turkey, ham, caviar, three times a day."
    "And before?"
    "Before, it was bread and margarine most of the week."
    "Well, that's something! And when did your living standard rise so significantly?"
    "From the time my daughter became the mistress of the district's [Communist] Party boss."

    On Sexuality

    A team of party officials arrives at the collective farm to educate the people on secuality. The speaker explains in detail:

    "So, comrades, today we will be discussing sexuality and its different forms. To be exact, we prefer the word 'love' instead of 'sexuality', because this latter is very much an imperialist word.

    So, there is love between man and man. This form of love is called homosexuality, and it is a deplorable thing. We don't have it, it is practised only by capitalist countries such as the United States and England.

    Then there is love between woman and woman. Ths is a very bad thing, too. It is called lesbianism. Of course there is no love like that here. It can only be found in the capitalist countries such as France or Italy.

    Then there is love between a man and a woman. Is is a natural thing, a good thing, we do support it.

    But the highest form of love is the one felt by the Soviet citizen toward the Party. It can be found nowhere else on Earth, it is only for us, and this is what we all want to have.

    Any questions?"

    Uncle Ivan raises his hand.

    "Yes, comrade?"

    "Well, I'd only like to ask; with that highest form of love - who is f...ing whom?"
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    One last one:

    A Hungarian meets his pal from the DDR. The East German is in a boasting mood and says:
    "You know, I have a good job, a nice flat, and a Trabant car, so I feel I can't complain much."
    The Hungarian taking the upper hand in bragging says:
    "Well, I have them all, too, and what is more, I can complain if I wish to!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Voice of Reason View Post
    I guess I didn't get the memo, about when Human Nature changed, and people became people who want to work their asses off and do the best job they can, and really apply themselves and all that, when they can plainly see that they're going to have whatever they produced taken away and given to somebody who didn't do any work.

    Yeah I missed that memo.

    Me too. I think we were actually too busy working.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voice of Reason View Post
    I guess I didn't get the memo, about when Human Nature changed, and people became people who want to work their asses off and do the best job they can, and really apply themselves and all that, when they can plainly see that they're going to have whatever they produced taken away and given to somebody who didn't do any work.

    Yeah I missed that memo.
    Since you're forming your own opinion about the Manifesto, then obviously you read it right? I am currently in the process of it myself, it's an extremely dull read, however, I haven't come across any area where it says we need to give up our belongings to others. Can you please show me where it says that?
    I mean, you did bother to read it, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sgt. Bilko View Post
    You rotten pinko commie! You and your buddy, Kruschev.
    Kruschev followed the Stalanistic approach to Communism. Which is not what Karl Marx originally intended.
    Leon Trotsky, who organized the Bolshevik revolution, expounded upon Marxism with what is called 'Trotskyism'. He had led a revolt against Stalin, failed, was kicked out of the Communist party and fled the country, where he was killed years later by Russian agents.
    You know the only reason I am doing all this stuff is to show people their are plenty of other parties aside from the Democrats and Republicans.
    Communism may seem a bit extreme, especially when all we hear about is the negatives of the party, which is based on dictatorships, rather then what was originally spelled out in the Manifesto, but when we have two main parties which only look after special interest groups and corporations, isn't that just as dangerous when our needs take a back seat to theirs? I mean these are the folks we elect to office to represent us, and perhaps on a local/state level they do, but certainly not on a national level.
    There are going to be no Communists running in any elections any time soon, that's not to say they're not already in elected office under different parties. They have been a political party in the United States since 1919, and helped shaped programs regarding workers rights, welfare, etc, since that time.
    I just happen to like reading about different philosophies, rather then believing what the government says about this or that, or how some people believe 'well I don't want to produce all this hard labor just to give it to someone else'....
    "Republicans originally thought that Fox worked for us, and now we are discovering we work for Fox." David Frum former Bush speech writer

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