The legacy of the great Manifesto echoes to this day and yet if we must assert this there is a problem: it needs as a text promotion and does not reverberate anymore and is at best a relic for the left.
This statement might be complete nonsense but the fact remains that at a time of global crisis and capitalist tragic finale, the left is marginalized and unable to state the problem properly.
But the great Manifesto is just that: a piece of propaganda with a special moment of eloquence. But it may or may not point to a larger frame of reference that really captures the issues of capitalism. We need however to retreat over and over to this work and its moment because after 1848 the thinking of Marx began to shift to a result that is no longer very effective or very clear. Between the great Manifesto and the fragmentary obscurities of Capital there is a strange contradiction.
Let’s consider then the great moment of this text but be able to approach the overall legacy of Marxism critically and ask if it is able to generate a real movement of transformation that can grapple with the crisis at hand.
Yolanda Díaz, labor minister in Spain’s first left-wing coalition since the 1930s, writes on why The Communist Manifesto is still today the sharpest critique of capitalist society.
Source: The Communist Manifesto Is Still Haunting the Powerful
Forcing comparison with Marx can backfire: he is at best an historical flag at this point: we need urgently to move on from marxism with a critique of Marx’s theories, disown bolshevism, decipher the issue of economics with compulsive marxist boilerplate, and in general see the way Marx’s theories have precipitated failure.
A key issue here is the way Marx’s stages of production theory generated miscalculation: the division into economic epochs doesn’t work and the inevitability of communism, left undefined, creating a void that Stalin ended up filling.
The critique of social democracy is appropriate, but the path to revolution is beset with bolshevik hallucinations and the confusions of leninism which we can’t repeat. The revolutionary idea requires more than marxist enthusiasm: hardly any preparatory though exists on the subject beyond a stale repetitioni of state capitalist and planning scenarios…
Source: The Jacobin Vision of Social Democracy Won’t Save Us