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Daily Headline – 21/02/13

Today, 165 years ago in 1848, the manifesto of the communist party was published.
Communist Manifesto
This book should not be taken as a holy one, as Marxism is a science, and like any other science, needs to be updated and adapted when new evidence or new factors and variables appear. If one was to read this historical document (which it has become) they would see it in complete opposition to the USSR and it’s satellite states, as Marx and Engels were exiled due to censorship of the press and an oppressive government.

We must take the parts that are still relevant, adapting or updating if necessary, those that are unable to be updated to our present world must be thrown into the rubbish bin of history. Maybe it is time to write a 21st century communist manifesto.

Why socialism?

By George Volkov

“The bourgeoisie has stripped of its halo every occupation hitherto honored 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 labourers.” – The Communist Manifesto

To put it simply, if you do not survive off other people’s labour, you are a proletarian, a member of the proletariat. If you employ people, and do not work yourself, then you are bourgeois, you are a capitalist. If you also work yourself,whilst employing people, you’re a small capitalist (petit-bourgeois).The capitalist exist from surplus labour, from the profit a worker produces, but does not get.
To put it simply: A worker makes shoes for £10 an hour; in an hour, he can make a pair of shoes which are sold for £40. The cost of running the machinery, cost of materials, etc is, let us say £10.
Therefore, the the surplus value is:
Amount the commodity sold for-(cost to produce+workers wages)= surplus value.
In this case it is £20. Twenty pound the capitalist has but has not produced nor earned. Is this fair? No!

The quote at the start of this article, has hopefully has made you realise that you are being exploited, by the capitalists, and under socialism, the money would not go to the bourgeoisie, the millionaires, who leech of society and give nothing in return. The money would go to free healthcare, to free education, to free public transport etc.
So when the Tories proclaim: “we’re in it together”
We reply “We are in it together, we proletarians, we who are exploited, we who sell our labour to survive. You capitalists are in it together, to reduce your losses in a recession you caused. You may keep the some of the masses ignorant all of the time, or all of the people ignorant some of the time, but you cannot keep all of the people fooled all of the time. The tide of revolution will rise up, and with it, wash away all of the old society. On it’s ruins, a society built on three principles: liberty, equality, fraternity. A society where no man will rule another, where bosses will be elected by their workers, where no man will call another “sir”, a society where no man will envy his neighbour.

The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win.

Workingmen of all countries unite!