Friedrich Engels, an illustrious German philosopher, social scientist and journalist, was born on November 28, 1820 in Barmen, Rhine province, Prussia. He is considered as the closest collaborator of Karl Marx in the foundation of modern communism. Although born to an affluent German businessman, Engels received little formal education. But his inquisitive potential developed in him a fancy for Hegel who influenced him the most later on. In 1845, Engels published ‘The Conditions of the Working Class’, his first notable communist treatise which introduced him to another revolutionary communist, Karl Marx. Same year, Engels went to Brussels to join Marx in organizing the German workers like the French and English workers were uniting. They became members of the German Communist League and were asked to draft a manifesto for the organization, which is now widely known as the Communist Manifesto. Thereafter, they worked together till Marx’s death in 1883, with Engels editing the second and third volumes of the famous Das Kapital after his friend’s death. Marx regarded him as highly informed on economics, political and military issues. Friedrich Engels died on August 5, 1895 in London, England
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The Communist Manifesto, first published in London in 1848, stands as one of the most influential and revolutionary political swathes of all time. Seeing global capitalism entrenched in its modern form of neoliberalism in the ‘90s, many of the world’s economic and political pundits started perceiving its triumph as permanent. It was only after another episodic crisis of capitalism hit the world in the first decade of twenty-first century that the perceptions started changing. Marx and Engels became relevant again. With the right-wing populism wave sweeping the world and the growth in appetite for alternative models, The Communist Manifesto has emerged as a work of great foreknowledge, a guiding light for people who want to fight economic imperialism and oppressive class structures.
‘As a force for change, its influence has been surpassed only by the Bible. As a piece of writing, it is a masterpiece’ — Guardian
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