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Russia did not exist as a nation just seven years ago. It was formed from the ruins of a greater

nation. Russia's current troubles are based on problems it found, or created, during the years it

operated under socialism. This theory, which proposes equality and the means of achieving it, has

been scorned by the Western world. One must wonder why such a grand conception has failed.

Karl Marx and the Communist Manifesto

By far, the most important document in the development of socialism was The Communist

Manifesto, written by Karl Marx and Frederik Engels in 1848. (Berki) This document was published

as a reply to politicians who would accuse their opponents of being Communist for the sake of

scaring the public. (Marx)

Marx's Manifesto was the driving force behind socialism and Communism in Russia. In it, he

described the fall of capitalism at the hands of the working classes. (Berki) The following paragraphs

are excerpts from that work.

"The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles. Freeman and

slave, patrician and plebeian, lord and serf, guild-masters and journeyman, in a word,

oppressor and oppressed stood in constant opposition to one another, carried on an

uninterrupted, now hidden, now open fight, a fight that each time ended either in a

revolutionary reconstruction of society at large, or in the common ruin of the contending

classes. (Marx)

"Society as a whole is more and more splitting up into two great hostile camps, into

two great classes directly facing each other - bourgeoisie and proletariat.... The

bourgeoisie, wherever it has got the upper hand, has put an end to all feudal,



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