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Declaration versus the communist manifesto



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A show comparing the purposes and outcomes of the Declaration of Independence and the Communist Manifesto

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Declaration versus the communist manifesto

  1. 1. Do people of a country have the right to violently revolt and replace their government if the government does not act in the best interests of the people?
  2. 2. 2 Ways of Revolution • Democratic revolution seeks to replace authoritarian government with a government in which the citizens vote for their leaders and have some say in the rights they have. • Communist revolutions attempt to replace both the government & the economic system by redistributing all the wealth equally amongst the citizens and leaving management of major resources in the control of the government.
  3. 3. Timeline Leading to the American Revolution 1. After the French & Indian War, England decides to raise taxes in colonies 2. The Sugar Act and the Stamp Act 3. Boston Massacre 4. Boston Tea Party 5. The “Intolerable Acts” 6. Battles of Lexington & Concord 7. Thomas Paine writes “Common Sense” 8. July 4, 1776 The Declaration of Independence
  4. 4. Guiding Principles of the Manifesto 1. 2. 3. 4. Absence of private property Equality in income End of organized religion One world-wide government
  5. 5. Both the Declaration of Independence and the Communist Manifesto were reactions to the times they were written in. One was born of Enlightenment ideals and a rejection of authoritarian government. The other was born from inequalities brought about from the Industrial Revolution. Both attempted to redress social grievances of the people by advocating open rebellion against the status quo of their respective times.
  6. 6. BIG Differences The ideals in the Declaration of Independence were realized and resulted in the creation of the United States and it has influenced Democratic and human rights movements around the world. True Communism has NEVER been achieved and most countries that have called themselves Communist have actually been an Autocracy or Oligarchy. Few “Communist” countries remain now.