In 1847 Engels wrote two draft programmes for the Communist League in the form of a catechism, one in June and the other in October. The latter, which is known as Principles of Communism, was first published in 1914. It forms the basis of what was later to become the Manifesto of the Communist Party.

"What is communism?" "What is the proletariat?" - Engels answers all of the questions you were too scared to ask.

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The Principles of Communism