Nothing to Lose

Communists everywhere support every revolutionary movement against the existing social and political order of things. In all these movements, they bring to the front, as the leading question in each, the property question, no matter what its degree of development at the time. Finally, they labour everywhere for the union and agreement of the democratic parties of all countries.

The Communists disdain to conceal their views and aims. They openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions. Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communistic revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. -”The Communist Manifesto”, Karl Marx

There‚Äôs nothing to lose, a world to win… A conscious life and a faithful love, these are our chains, a resolution forged in struggle and hope. They are not the chains of the master. The master is naught but a self-conscious and over-aggressive animal, chained by death and encircled by desire– whereas in a properly human relation, we are freely bound to life, we are creatively engaged with the world, and we are bonded to one another, and to all others, in responsibility and love.

This entry was written by Joseph Weissman and published on Monday, April 9, 2007 at 6:23 am. It’s filed under death, desire, love, marxism, master, responsibility. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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