Seriously, how this pamphlet became a document that shaped a large part of the world I've no bloody idea. It just comes across as the most unworkable pile of tosh, revolutionary thinking yes but utterly unworkable.
It closes with the rousing, if slightly off statement, of: "WORKING MEN OF ALL COUNTRIES, UNITE!"
With a view no doubt to destroy the bourgeois and then replace them but in the process not become bourgeois and to remain, somehow, stuck as exactly what you were, in some grand denial of the basic tenets of humanity itself, to become revolutionary but not revolt within oneself. To change yet be the same. Good grief, no wonder it all fell on it's arse.
One bit did hit home though, especially in the current climate of faux-socialism and fear of this faux-socialism (which is as odd as having a problem with fake fur but I digress...), when Marx writes in reference to what I paraphrase as liberal do-gooders, humanitarians and philanthropists:
"The Socialistic bourgeois want all the advantages of modern social conditions without the struggles and dangers necessarily resulting therefrom. They desire the existing state of society minus its revolutionary and disintegrating elements. They wish for a bourgeois without a proletariat."This is the world we live in, of people thinking they can have their cake and eat it, that somehow the capitalistic hegemony we all exist in can happen without the nasty side effects and that somehow, individuals in the framework can be blamed, rather than taking on the Earth shattering news that is the entire framework and structure of modern existence that is, perhaps fatally, flawed.
No one, understandably so, wants to take this massive task on but rather offer populist band-aids for the wounds and hope no one notices as the thing creaks on.