A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of communism.
Neo-revisionism, or more simply, globally renewed revisionism, is the ideology of the world bourgeoisie to privately exploit the Communist Manifesto of Marx and Engels in order to utilize it against the world proletariat and its world socialist revolution. With other words: in order to beat the world proletariat at its own game.
Karl Marx Conflict Theory Essay - 890 Words
On this date in 1848 The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels was first published (in German) in London. It is a much misunderstood document, as is much of Marx’s work in general. I don’t have the space here, nor time, to redress all the misunderstandings, but I’ll make a start. The Manifesto was itself written to correct misunderstandings of what communism is/was, but it was itself misinterpreted badly by European revolutionaries and in points beyond. Marx was not envisaging dictators such as Stalin and Mao, but that’s the model of Marxism that has stuck in the general consciousness in the West, largely as a result of the Cold War. Marx was addressing the radical divide between the people with all the money (hence power) and the rest of the population that was the model in his day in Europe, and which continues unabated. In my opinion his analysis of the situation (then and now) is generally sound, but his historical analysis is not. The most important misunderstanding is of the world Marx envisaged – not the oppressive regimes of the likes of 20th century Russia and China, but a world in which the common people (proletariat) were not controlled, mind and soul, by the desires of an oligarchy of very few, very rich people (bourgeoisie), but, instead, controlled their own destinies.
For the world proletariat, the Communist Manifesto is the guide to the world socialist revolution. Whereas for the world bourgeoisie, on the other hand, the revisionist distortion of the Communist Manifesto is a weapon to preventing the world socialist revolution and to maintain world capitalism.