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Globalisation and the Communist Manifesto

The implementation of the globalisation project may represent not the end of history but a return to pre-Keynesian capitalism. The gross conditions which inspired Marx’s 19th century critique of capitalism are seen to be flourishing again. How are we to mitigate capitalism’s propensity to destroy itself and at the same time assist the labour movement’s struggle for better conditions? A rereading of the Communist Manifesto offers some useful insights.

It is a paradox of our time that as we    approach the third millennium humanity seems to have to deal with problems which should have been resolved a long time ago. In other words, “plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose!” (The more things change, the more they remain the same.)

When Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published the Communist Manifesto in 1848, the document started with the following sentences: “A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of communism. All the powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre: Pope and Czar, Metternich and Guizot, French radicals and German police-spies.”

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