: :However, according to The Communist Manifesto (International 1948, p.
: 30), when the proletariat comes to power, there will be an '[e]qual
: obligation of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies,
: especially for agriculture.'
: Indeed, equal obligation, no one is more obliged to work than anyone else - that does not proscribe the nature of the work, nor of the means of allocating.
: Further, The Manifesto is largely aimed at a German revolution, intended to build up Capitalism to reach socialism, so by Marx's standards, enforced Labour is just one part of Capitalist Life.
*That's a curious statement to come from the keyboard of a 'Marxist' I must say...
Come again RD(?)... you *are* saying that the Manifesto (and by implication, the portion cited by Barry above) was written in order that the German proletariat should be seen to build up capitalism for an eventual conversion to socialism, right? I've got just two words for you: Eduard Bernstein.
This section which Barry has cited is that portion of the Manifesto dealing with the immediately attainable ends of *any* successful 'proletarian revolution.'
In fact, I would suggest that rather than slander Marx and Engels in this way, that you spend some time getting acquainted with The Peasant's War in Germany and discover the fact that Marx and Engels advocated a joining of forces between the workers and peasantry in the matter of Germany; *not* an unholy alliance between the workers and bourgeoisie. --K