I am now preparing my lecture for next Wednesday on The Communist Manifesto. Lecturing on the Manifesto is a little like being let loose in a candy store or a Ben and Jerry's. So many tasty morsels in every direction that it is hard to know where to begin. I shall start by reading aloud the first and last lines:
"A spectre is haunting Europe -- the spectre of communism" and
proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Workingmen of all countries, unite!"
I mean, after that, we sing the Internationale and I cancel the rest of the two and a half hour class, right? Alas, UNC is rather prickly about these things, so I must fill the remainder of the time with scholarly explication.
I do plan to quote on of my all-time favorite lines: "The
executive of the modern state is but a committee for managing the
common affairs of the whole bourgeoisie." This is one of the many insights that have become commonplaces once they were stripped of any association with Marx's name.