Friedrich Engels was a 19th-century German philosopher, social scientist, journalist, and businessman. He was a close collaborator of Karl Marx in the foundation of modern communism and co-authored several works with him, including the seminal political treatise 'The Communist Manifesto'. Engels also wrote 'The Condition of the Working Class in England' based on his observations of the industrial areas of England. His contributions to Marxist theory have had a lasting impact on socialist thought and practice.
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This influential political pamphlet advocates for the abolition of private property, the rights of the proletariat, and the eventual establishment of a classless society. The authors argue that all of history is a record of class struggle, culminating in the conflict between the bourgeoisie, who control the means of production, and the proletariat, who provide the labor. They predict that this struggle will result in a revolution, leading to a society where property and wealth are communally controlled.