Catch a man a fish, and you can sell it to him. Teach a man to fish, and you ruin a wonderful business opportunity.
Taxes are the source of life for the bureaucracy, the army and the court, in short, for the whole apparatus of the executive power. Strong government and heavy taxes are identical.
The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them.
The more the division of labor and the application of machinery extend, the more does competition extend among the workers, the more do their wages shrink together.
The English have all the material requisites for the revolution. What they lack is the spirit of generalization and revolutionary ardour.
In bourgeois society capital is independent and has individuality, while the living person is dependent and has no individuality.
Capital is reckless of the health or length of life of the laborer, unless under compulsion from society.
A specter is haunting Europe -- the specter of communism.
A specter is haunting Europe--the specter of Communism. All the powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this specter; Pope and Czar, Metternich and Guizot, French radicals and German police spies.
Where is the party in opposition that has not been decried as Communistic by its opponents in power? Where the opposition that has not hurled back the branding reproach of Communism, against the more advanced opposition parties, as well as against its reactionary adversaries?
Two things result from this fact.
I. Communism is already acknowledged by all European powers to be in itself a power.
II. It is high time that Communists should openly, in the face of the whole world, publish their views, their aims, their tendencies, and meet this nursery tale of the Specter of Communism with a Manifesto of the party itself.
Art is always and everywhere the secret confession, and at the same time the immortal movement of its time.
Machines were, it may be said, the weapon employed by the capitalists to quell the revolt of specialized labor.
Natural science will in time incorporate into itself the science of man, just as the science of man will incorporate into itself natural science: there will be one science.
The development of civilization and industry in general has always shown itself so active in the destruction of forests that everything that has been done for their conservation and production is completely insignificant in comparison.
Capital is money, capital is commodities. By virtue of it being value, it has acquired the occult ability to add value to itself. It brings forth living offspring, or, at the least, lays golden eggs.