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The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
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An outdated, one-sided, highly irresponsible book, and one that the 99% still use to vilify the rich.

Marx/Engels have only 2 points holding true in today's democratized internet economy:
1. "The need of a constantly expanding market for its products chases the bourgeoisie over the entire surface of the globe."

2. "The bourgeoisie has stripped of its halo every occupation hitherto honoured and looked up to with reverent awe. It has converted the physician, the lawyer, the priest, the poet, the man of science, into its paid wage laborers."

Most points are flat out wrong, such as "In place of the old wants, satisfied by the production of the country, we find new wants, requiring for their satisfaction the products of distant lands and climes."

Actually, desire for foreign goods is nothing new in history. Be it the Silk Route, Phoenecian luxe goods in the Mediterranean, or ancient trade between the founding civilizations of Egypt-Mesopotamia-India-China, globalization has been a reality for millennia. Humans seem to relish exotic wares from far-off locales.

Overall, the book is another "The evil rich will exploit you" diatribe that Noam Chomsky fans love. These well-meaning folks conveniently negate the fact that each generation's nouveau riche got there by working very, very hard. The new proletariat may not want to work 60 hours weekly for the life of their dreams, but they have absolutely no right to condemn those who do.

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