The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
What can I write that hasn’t already been written? It’s a classic political tract that analyzes class struggles, critiques capitalism and defends communism. Here’s one of my favorite lines, which Marx used to describe how the laborer continued to sink lower even as industry progressed:
“He becomes a pauper, and pauperism develops more rapidly than population and wealth.” (Chap. I)
* BONUS READING *
As important as this document is in Western civilization’s history — and as short as it is — I find it difficult to believe that I had never actually read all 95 of Martin Luther’s famous theses. And in a modern twist, I downloaded this work and read it on my iPhone.
Posted on October 31, 1517, Luther took aim at corruption within the Roman Catholic Church, particularly the practice of selling indulgences. These were payments church officials were accepting to insure the forgiveness of sins.
“Every truly repentant Christian has a right to full remission of penalty and guilt, even without letters of pardon.” (#36)