SolarCross wrote:it doesn't get to be exempt from critique just for being a flimsy pamphlet.
No one ever said it does. But the critiques of the Manifesto alone are usually pretty lazy, especially because those aim to be the critique of both Marxist analysis and the communist movement (two different things). Many communists criticized the Manifesto as well. It was reflected upon, it was criticized, but to think that a nameless blogger in 2000 who probably never read anything else just managed to """"debunk """" the whole Manifesto and the whole of Marxism takes a particularly high level of arrogance.
SolarCross wrote:what would be the neo-marxist manifesto for the 21st century? What would be your "ten commandments"?
The Manifesto was perfectly right for its time. Its concrete plans are pretty much outdated now, this is true, but the general critique made by it still applies to the realities of our current world. There are thousands of "21th century neo-marxist" manifestos. I've read plenty of them, from Troploin to AltWoke, and also more "traditional" ones as well. Most of them contain legitimate critiques of our contemporary society. Some of them are probably going to be still relevant in the future, who knows. But, by the very nature of a manifesto, these kind of political writings simply don't last long. Their importance is usually in the "here and now." None of these new manifestos should be treated as "ten commandments". Neither should be the original Communist Manifesto. I guess some self-identified communists would beg to differ but whatever. It's not ideologies and propaganda that make revolutions and social changes happen anyway.
So in conclusion: there can be legit critiques of the Manifesto, it's just 1) kind of pointless really, especially if you want to criticize marxism as a whole, and just this text 2) the critique presented in the original post is rather bad, ideologically loaded, with infurating claims (like "recession is good" - yeah, tell that to people who lost their means of living or became homeless). Also, the Manifesto shouldn't be seen as the "bible" of communism, even if it is considered "gateway into leftist literature".