8 March 2011
The likes and differences of Carl Marx’s The Communist Manifesto and John Lennon’s song “Imagine” are exceedingly significant. In a world with threatening circumstances from other countries with different philosophies, John Lennon dreams of world peace. Research was done to elucidate Carl Marx’s theory, analyze John Lennon’s song “Imagine” and show the contrast between the two beliefs.
In Carl Marx’s book The Communist Manifesto, he writes about a theory of social organization which is based on the holding of all property in common and is available to all as needed (Mish 267). “In the ‘Preface to the English Edition of 1888,’ Engels noted that ‘The history of the Manifesto reflects the history of the modern working-class movement’ and identified it as the most international of all Socialist literature” (Karolides). It is evident because in a perfect world communism would thrive, but it is not a perfect world. People are addicted to power and money. It seems that the more communism is forced upon society the more people yearn for sovereignty. “Marx and Engels saw the Communist Party as the only one that had as its purpose the advancing of the true interests of the proletariat as a class” (Karolides). It is palpable that because communism is equal, everyone is working for the benefit of society. It is clear that the unifying force of communism is with everyone working as a whole for the betterment of the community. Karl Marx thinks communism works.
John Lennon asks his listeners to “Imagine” what it would be like to live in a world of freedom and peace. “John Lennon’s works were about peace and the world coming together. Imagine was one of the most popular songs ever written and the sentiments are peace” (Bourchier). It is obvious that John Lennon imagines a perfect world. This illustrates that John Lennon dreams of a world of peace.
“Imagine there’s no countries—
It isn’t hard to do....
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