American Civics Research Library
General Notes from the Communist Manifesto
by Karl Marx. Following excerpts are from Marx's
Own Communist Manifesto published in 1872.
Marx on property rights:
"The distinguishing feature of Communism is not the abolition of property generally, but the abolition of bourgeois property...In this sense, the theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property"
Marx on the family:
"Abolition of the family! Even the most radical flare up at this infamous proposal of the Communists...Do you charge us with wanting to stop the exploitation of children by their parents? To this crime we plead guilty. But, you will say, we destroy the most hallowed of relations, when we replace home education by social...The bourgeois clap-trap about the family and education, about the hallowed co-relation of parent and child, becomes all the more disgusting, the more, by the action of Modern Industry, all family ties among the proletarians are torn asunder, and their children transformed into simple articles of commerce and instruments of labor."
Marx on countries and nationality:
"The Communists are further reproached with desiring to abolish countries and nationality."
Marx on religion:
"But Communism abolishes eternal truths, it abolishes all religion, and all morality, instead of constituting them on a new basis; it therefore acts in contradiction to all past historical experience."