Marx, Engels, and the Political Party

Socialism 2014

June 26, 2014

In the Communist Manifesto, Marx and Engels wrote of the "organisation of the proletarians into a class, and, consequently into a political party." From the beginning, they emphasized that the emancipation of the working class was not possible without forming its own political party in opposition to other classes. What did they mean by this? What work did they engage in, and lessons did they learn, as revolutionaries in their lifetime, in attempting to put these ideas into practice?

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