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The very best Amazon reviews of ‘The Communist Manifesto’

Customers = comrades.

 

Luke Winkie

Internet Culture

Published May 26, 2016   Updated Feb 29, 2020, 6:21 am CST

Today I’m going to introduce you to a fun game I play.

  • Step one, choose a famous, historically significant polemic.

  • Step two, read the Amazon user reviews of said famous, historically significant polemic.

I swear to god, it will never ever let you down. Combine the general derangement of people who write Amazon reviews with the hilarious, depressing dialogue surrounding never-read and rarely-understood yet often-debated artifacts of radical political or economic philosophy, and you’re always going to have a good time. 

Perhaps no world-changing title confirms this as well as The Communist Manifesto. What does the average Amazon customer have to say about the foundational tract of Marxist thought? Here’s what we found, presented without comment.

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Overall, the Manifesto gets a four-star rating, which ain’t bad for such a controversial work. Of course, if Marx and Engels were still alive to trash Amazon’s hypercapitalist exploitation of labor, Jeff Bezos would have found a way to stop selling it altogether.

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*First Published: May 26, 2016, 9:00 am CDT