The Communist Manifesto - II—Proletarians and Communists Summary & Analysis

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II—Proletarians and Communists Summary and Analysis

Part 2 examines the relationship between the proletariat and the Communists. The proletariat in the early portion of this part is often referred to generically as the working class; this is a minor departure from the more-broad definition established for the proletariat in part one but should be carefully noted. Another interesting component of Part two's construction involves the direct address to a hypothetical reader from a bourgeois background; thus statements such as "But don't wrangle with us so long as you apply. . . the standard of your bourgeois notions of freedom" are fairly common. The working classes often form various local organizations or unions to better immediate conditions. Such organizations are nearly always in alignment with Communism; that is, Communism does not stand in opposition to other working-class parties. The two diagnostic features of...

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