Das Kommunistische Manifest. Die verspätete Aktualität des Kommunistischen Manifests
The text of the original Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels with a new text by Slavoj Žižek on the ‘late relevance of the Communist Manifesto’.
At the turn of the year 1847/48 the Union of Communists charged Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels wtih drafting a manifesto that laid out the essential principles of communism. No other Marxist text has come close to achieving the fame of the Manifesto. It has been translated into over 100 languages, and quotations such as ‘Workers of the world, unite!’ have gained the status of proverbs.
This edition of the original text by Marx and Engels comes with an essay by the renowned philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Žižek. He examines the Manifesto’s relevance today, studies the main ideas of Marxism and assesses which of them remain important to this day and which we should discard. Marxism may have failed as a solution, but communism lives on as the description of a problem – the problem of the ‘commons’ in every sense of the term.