Whatever the fate of Pym and the Van Dynes, we'll have to wait until to find out. Before now we've seen some of the ugliness of the anti-mutant hate group the Purifiers, but mostly in flashbacks, and their actions don't usually go as far as killing. That changed with the Nov. Shatter has been absent for most of the second season, but appeared regularly in the first. In "iMprint," Turner joins the Purifiers while seeming intent on changing their methods. He leads a group of Purifiers in a raid of a mutant-friendly clinic and finds intel pointing to the Mutant Underground's base.
Armed with mostly small arms and some smoke grenades, the Purifiers surrounded the Mutant Underground's base. Most of the Purifier's weapons couldn't pierce Shatter's skin, and one died fighting the mutant off. But former agent Turner brought heavier ordinance. Clearly conflicted but ultimately resolved to his course, Turner fired a heavy machine gun at Shatter, piercing the mutant's chest and killing him. The Shatter of the comics first appeared as one of the subway-tunnel-dwelling Morlocks. Unfortunately, that recruitment ultimately led to Clayface's death and the disbanding of the Knights.
While most of the team tried to find a nonlethal way to stop their teammate's rampage, Batwoman was given a gun designed to kill Clayface by her father Colonel Kane. When she told her father Batman would never allow the use of such a weapon, he suggested perhaps it could be altered to simply incapacitate him. Colonel Kane's suggestion led some to hope that the dramatic final page was just a cliffhanger and Batwoman had simply rendered Clayface helpless without killing him.
Unfortunately, Dr. October confirmed Clayface's death in the following issue. Enraged, Batman ejected Batwoman from the Gotham Knights. Marvel Comics has gotten a lot of press over the last couple of years for drastically changing the status quo of some its marquee characters.
One of the changes that lasted the longest — and left the biggest mark — was Thor being replaced by a woman. For a time it was a mystery who subsequently lifted the hammer and claimed the thunder god's powers. Soon enough, fans learned it was Thor's former lover, Jane Foster.
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Foster was suffering from cancer when she took up Mjolnir. Eventually she learned living as Thor was killing her. Every time she transformed into Thor, she undid all of her chemotherapy treatment. As more people in her life learned of this, they grew more adamant that she stop turning into Thor and let the rest of the world's heroes do the heavy lifting. When the Mangog was unleashed on Asgardia, at first Foster listened to her loved ones' advice.
But it soon became clear that without Thor and Mjolnir, Mangog would finally achieve his hellish goal of killing all of the Asgardian gods. Mjolnir was destroyed, and Mangog was forever imprisoned for now. Without Mjolnir, Thor reverted back to Jane Foster and died. Jane Foster would survive. When Mjolnir was destroyed, it released the Mother of All Storms that resided within it; Odin and the Odinson the original Thor channeled the storm into Foster and brought her back to life.
Usually when it's called a "suicide mission," it means probably no one on the mission wants to die, but the odds are so stacked that there's almost now way anyone's going to make it. In the case of Johnny Blaze's suicide mission, the death wasn't an unfortunate side effect — it was the whole point of the thing. Johnny Blaze died during Marvel's mini-event, Damnation. Unimpressed with his old enemy's bravado, Mephisto snuffed out the flame of Johnny's skull as if he were blowing out a candle, lifting the Ghost Rider curse from him. Then, with Blaze's powers gone, Mephisto kicked Johnny from the spire.
Blaze fell to the ground far below and died. After he died, Blaze and his "dark passenger" the Ghost Rider awoke in Hell. Gathering some recruits, including an assortment of dead D-list supervillains, Blaze and Ghost Rider joined forces and staged a revolution. With Mephisto in Las Vegas, his throne in Hell was empty, and Blaze was able to use the power of Hell to help Strange and his other allies.
Wong and Strange have vowed to get Blaze back from Hell. However, considering Marvel's commitment to keeping the newest Ghost Rider — Robbie Reyes — around, it may be that Strange and co. She'd even struck up what must have been a physically…interesting romantic relationship with teammate Waylon Jones, a. Killer Croc. The Squad faced off against the Wall, an ultraviolent patriotic-themed villain sponsored by the U. Rick Flagg scooped Enchantress out of the prison Belle Reve for extra muscle against the Wall, but the red-white-and-blue bad guy was ready for her.
When the Squad confronted the Wall, he revealed he'd been remotely downloading files from the government, including Amanda Waller's files on the Squad. One of those files included a way to kill The Enchantress: a 3-D digital reproduction of a mystical key to Hell. What appeared to be cement arms rose from the pavement and dragged Enchantress below, presumably back to the Hell she came from. June Moone — Enchantress' human half — resurfaced and cried to Killer Croc for help, but he and the rest of the Squad had been knocked off their feet by the summoning.
Unsurprisingly, Killer Croc gave the Wall a savage beating immediately afterwards, but the villain was able to fight off the Squad and escape. Last year's event introduced an alien race known as the Poisons who were scouring Marvel's multiverse for heroes who had merged with Klyntarian hosts like Eddie Brock because the symbiotes were particularly vulnerable to the Poisons. Though he was warned to stay away from the conflict, Kid Kaiju joined the band of heroes battling the Poisons in New York City. Unfortunately, not all of his monstrous buddies survived the battle.
The Poisons infected Scragg and he promptly switched sides and attacked the heroes. The heroes tried to stop him without killing him, but he was too powerful. Anti-Venom — whose powers had earlier proven fatal to any Poisons as well as their hosts — insisted he had no choice but to use his powers on Scragg. Anti-Venom's touch immediately caused Scragg excruciating pain, and Slizzik finished off Scragg with a blast of fiery breath. One of the DC titles considered part of the fallout of the line-wide event Dark Knights: Metal , the six-part miniseries New Challengers is a reimagining of the early Silver Age group the Challengers of the Unknown.
Trina Alvarez, Moses Barber, Robert Brink, and a big guy who refuses to be known as anything other than "Krunch" all appear before their mysterious benefactor — who calls himself Prof — and are told they have all just died. Each of the Challengers bears an hourglass tattoo, and just as Prof is explaining that nature of that tattoo, one of the Challengers dies before he can go on his first mission.
Robert Brink, a Spyral operative, steps into a portal without looking back or waiting for Prof to explain what will happen to Brink if he leaves. Whenever the Challengers leave their base of operations known only as "The Mountain," they're on borrowed time. They'll share Brink's fate if they're ever gone for too long. A frozen hologram bearing Brink's likeness appears among those of other dead Challengers. But Spidey wasn't alone, and one of his oldest friends, Flash Thompson, fell victim in the fray. Former enemies like Venom and Otto Octavius threw themselves between Carnage and his prey.
Osborn then revealed the deadly ace up his sleeve: he'd left tiny, dagger-like slivers from his symbiote in each of Parker's friends that he could manipulate with his mind. He tried to activate them, but couldn't — and that's when Thompson, a. Anti-Venom, appeared and revealed he'd used his own symbiote abilities to sense and remove the daggers from all of Spider-Man's friends before Goblin could activate them.
Osborn's retribution on Thompson was swift and brutal. Spidey threatened to go full Venom, fueled by his rage and grief, but the dying Flash was able to stop him. Spidey offered to give the symbiote to Thompson, but he refused, worried his wounds would kill it. Fatally injured, Thompson died, eulogized by Parker at the end of the issue. Slade Wilson is at war with Batman. Deathstroke succeeds in killing Masterson, mainly because it's Masterson who hired him.
In the '60s, he was one of a small group of heroes named the Justice Experience. Decades later, he's learned that while his powers are keeping him alive, he's still aging. More importantly, he's beginning to experience dementia, and he worries what might happen to the world if someone with his power were to become too confused. Rather than find out, he's chosen to hire Deathstroke to help him go out in a blaze of glory. Unconvinced, Batman tries to teleport Dynamo to the Justice League satellite, but Dynamo uses his powers to stop the transport.
Finally given an opening free of Batman's interference, Deathstroke shoots Masterson in the head, killing him. Though obscure, this was not the first mention of the Justice Experience. They were created for the series Chase and used to bridge the time gap between the end of the Justice Society of America and the coming of the JLA. Most of them were murdered as well, though it turned out one member — the Bronze Wraith — was J'onn J'onzz a.
Martian Manhunter in disguise. Atrocitus assaulted the home planet of the Green Lantern Corps with Starro-spore possessed Green Lanterns — including one of the Guardians — as well as his own army of rage-fueled Red Lanterns. Sinestro's daughter Soranik was one of the possessed Green Lanterns and moved to attack the Teen Titans. Sinestro intercepted his daughter, so she drove a spear of green light through his torso. Using the last of his strength, Sinestro ripped the Starro spore off his daughter's face, freeing her from Atrocitus' control.
The redeemed Lantern used his dying breaths to admit that it was his fault Soranik's mother committed suicide. As Sinestro's words faded, his ring slipped from his finger , confirming his death and looking for a replacement. It landed in Soranik's palm, saying "Replacement already active. Two issues ago, Sinestro fell to his daughter who was being mind-controlled by Starro. Beetle's Scarab showed him a scene from the distant past, of another Blue Beetle defeating Starro — but the woman in the vision had to sacrifice herself to do it.
The current Blue Beetle tried to do the same thing once he and Booster reached Starro, but once Booster realized what Beetle was doing, he put his own breathing mask on Blue Beetle and instructed his little robot buddy Skeets to get the younger hero out of there. Just before his death, Booster was visited by Ted Kord — the Blue Beetle who died earlier in the series.
A time-traveling version of Booster Gold brought Kord there so his best friend could be with him in his final moments. Marvel's Extermination event opened with a lot of bloodletting, and the first victim's name was more than apt. Bloodstorm and the young Cyclops were out on a first date when the mutant hunter Ahab and a pair of his enslaved hounds smashed into the restaurant, apparently intent on kidnapping Cyclops.
Bloodstorm fought one of the hounds off Scott, and Ahab speared her through the back and chest with his harpoon, killing her. Afterwards, Ahab revealed he'd encountered vampire mutants before and treated his harpoon with silver just in case he met another. Ahab and his hounds escaped before Cyclops could contact the rest of the X-Men. Cable was the second to fall in Extermination , and his death came at the hands of a fellow time traveler.
Extermination 1 begins with a mysterious hooded figure surveying a recently destroyed Xavier's Institute 20 years in the future. After talking to himself and saying he's going to have to "clean up" an "old bastard's" mess, he disappears in a bright flash of light. Later, after Bloodstorm's death, the young Iceman is hurrying back to Xavier's Institute.
An unseen assailant attacks Iceman, driving him into a clothing store. Cable appears out of the blue, urging Iceman to run. Iceman refuses and is tagged with some kind of dart emitting energy that incapacitates him. The issue ends with the revelation that the hooded figure was a much younger and leaner version of Cable. We see him in a chamber with five stasis pods, one of which holds the young Iceman. Two issues later, the devil-like Mephisto subjected T'Challa to hallucinations that tricked him into kissing Nakia. Refusing to acknowledge the dark magic that forced the kiss, Nakia became obsessed with T'Challa and eventually left the Dora Milaje's service.
She imbibed a herb called Jufeiro to render herself irresistible to men and she became the villain Malice, dedicated to do whatever she had to, and kill whoever she had to, in order to win Black Panther's heart. Nakia initially used it against the Dora Milaje, but the weapon proved intelligent enough to break free of her control while still being influenced by her need for vengeance. In a final confrontation between the Dora Milaje and Mimic, Nakia convinced the weapon to let go of the hatred it felt for her sisters and managed to release that same darkness from herself.
As soon as Mimic shut down, Nakia succumbed to the Jufeiro herb and died. She was buried with honor among other fallen Dora Milaje.
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Before murdering Lockjaw and Maximus, the Kree villain Vox had already slaughtered four of the lesser known Inhumans. Of the four slain Inhumans, we only see Flagman's precise manner of death. While Flagman is the only character we see clearly, Black Bolt confirms the other heroes' deaths in Death of the Inhumans 3. While it would eventually be revealed that many of Vox's victims were not dead but instead were transported to the Kree empire, it seems unlikely this included these four Inhumans.
We do see how Flagman dies, and it has nothing to do with Lockjaw's teleportation powers which were being mistaken for Black Bolt's destructive voice. Vox runs Flagman through with an energy scythe, and we see Flagman's lifeless body fall to the ground. In Avengers, Jason Aaron has been busy rewriting the history of the Marvel Universe, including the revelation that the entire purpose of the human race is to act as pathogen against a horde of insects living below the Earth's surface who are capable of killing Celestials.
Not everything has been made clear yet, but one of the victims of the revelations was an entire fictional race — the Eternals. The only survivor they find is Ikaris, though he doesn't survive long. When they were sent on a covert mission to Atlantis, the Suicide Squad were shocked to learn the device they were supposed to activate in the underwater kingdom was a thermonuclear device meant to vaporize Atlantis and everyone in it. One of the two new recruits — the D-list mystic villain Lord Satannish — had no scruples about destroying Atlantis and used the opportunity to raid its vaults for the magic artifacts found within.
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Once the Squad and Aquaman defeated Satannish, they still had to figure out away to stop the nuke. With the abilities both to unlock or lock anything, Master Jailer grabbed the nuke, used his abilities to unlock a magical casket, and put the nuke inside. Once the pair were inside, Venom closed the blast door and held it shut, horribly wounding himself and his symbiote as well as killing both Knull and Rex. Noir tried to stop the Inheritor Morlun from reviving, but he was too late. Before the hero could stop him, Morlun grabbed Noir and quickly devoured his life force. But that isn't the case here.
He wasn't doing half bad, either, but Morlun's sister Verna surprised Spider-UK from behind and broke his neck. With UK gone and the Peter Parker of Earth not yet joined up with his multiverse brethren, there's a leadership void among the spiders that the Inheritors are sure to exploit to boost the body count and sate their dark hungers.
Scout — Sentry's former sidekick. The series opened with the revelation that Doctor Strange and Iron Man worked to create a device called the Confluctor that allowed Sentry to live among people without being a threat. Every day, Bob Reynolds would use the Confluctor to transport his mind to a dream world where his split personalities of Sentry and the Void could roam free, leaving no one but plain old Bob Reynolds in the real world.
Bob's old partner Billy sabotages the Confluctor. Relieved of one of his arms and working as a line cook, Billy is envious of Bob, who at least gets to be the Sentry in his artificial dreamworld. Billy teams up with Sentry's old villain Cranio to steal the Confluctor and to recreate Sentry's powers for himself.
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Sentry breaks Scout's neck, killing him. Flash 57 ends with Johnny Thunder trying to fend off Zolomon only to have his powerful revolvers taken apart and the life-force and power sucked out of him by the villain, who stands astride Thunder's corpse and announces his new identity of "The True Flash. Just as it has made the country dependent on the towns, so it has made barbarian and semi-barbarian countries dependent on the civilised ones, nations of peasants on nations of bourgeois, the East on the West.
The bourgeoisie keeps more and more doing away with the scattered state of the population, of the means of production, and of property. It has agglomerated population, centralised the means of production, and has concentrated property in a few hands. The necessary consequence of this was political centralisation. Independent, or but loosely connected provinces, with separate interests, laws, governments, and systems of taxation, became lumped together into one nation, with one government, one code of laws, one national class-interest, one frontier, and one customs-tariff. The bourgeoisie, during its rule of scarce one hundred years, has created more massive and more colossal productive forces than have all preceding generations together.
We see then: the means of production and of exchange, on whose foundation the bourgeoisie built itself up, were generated in feudal society. At a certain stage in the development of these means of production and of exchange, the conditions under which feudal society produced and exchanged, the feudal organisation of agriculture and manufacturing industry, in one word, the feudal relations of property became no longer compatible with the already developed productive forces; they became so many fetters.
They had to be burst asunder; they were burst asunder. Into their place stepped free competition, accompanied by a social and political constitution adapted in it, and the economic and political sway of the bourgeois class. A similar movement is going on before our own eyes. Modern bourgeois society, with its relations of production, of exchange and of property, a society that has conjured up such gigantic means of production and of exchange, is like the sorcerer who is no longer able to control the powers of the nether world whom he has called up by his spells.
For many a decade past the history of industry and commerce is but the history of the revolt of modern productive forces against modern conditions of production, against the property relations that are the conditions for the existence of the bourgeois and of its rule. It is enough to mention the commercial crises that by their periodical return put the existence of the entire bourgeois society on its trial, each time more threateningly. In these crises, a great part not only of the existing products, but also of the previously created productive forces, are periodically destroyed.
In these crises, there breaks out an epidemic that, in all earlier epochs, would have seemed an absurdity — the epidemic of over-production. Society suddenly finds itself put back into a state of momentary barbarism; it appears as if a famine, a universal war of devastation, had cut off the supply of every means of subsistence; industry and commerce seem to be destroyed; and why?
Because there is too much civilisation, too much means of subsistence, too much industry, too much commerce. The productive forces at the disposal of society no longer tend to further the development of the conditions of bourgeois property; on the contrary, they have become too powerful for these conditions, by which they are fettered, and so soon as they overcome these fetters, they bring disorder into the whole of bourgeois society, endanger the existence of bourgeois property.
The conditions of bourgeois society are too narrow to comprise the wealth created by them. And how does the bourgeoisie get over these crises? On the one hand by enforced destruction of a mass of productive forces; on the other, by the conquest of new markets, and by the more thorough exploitation of the old ones.
That is to say, by paving the way for more extensive and more destructive crises, and by diminishing the means whereby crises are prevented. The weapons with which the bourgeoisie felled feudalism to the ground are now turned against the bourgeoisie itself. But not only has the bourgeoisie forged the weapons that bring death to itself; it has also called into existence the men who are to wield those weapons — the modern working class — the proletarians. In proportion as the bourgeoisie, i.
These labourers, who must sell themselves piecemeal, are a commodity, like every other article of commerce, and are consequently exposed to all the vicissitudes of competition, to all the fluctuations of the market. Owing to the extensive use of machinery, and to the division of labour, the work of the proletarians has lost all individual character, and, consequently, all charm for the workman.
He becomes an appendage of the machine, and it is only the most simple, most monotonous, and most easily acquired knack, that is required of him. Hence, the cost of production of a workman is restricted, almost entirely, to the means of subsistence that he requires for maintenance, and for the propagation of his race. But the price of a commodity, and therefore also of labour, is equal to its cost of production.
In proportion, therefore, as the repulsiveness of the work increases, the wage decreases. Nay more, in proportion as the use of machinery and division of labour increases, in the same proportion the burden of toil also increases, whether by prolongation of the working hours, by the increase of the work exacted in a given time or by increased speed of machinery, etc. Modern Industry has converted the little workshop of the patriarchal master into the great factory of the industrial capitalist.
Masses of labourers, crowded into the factory, are organised like soldiers. As privates of the industrial army they are placed under the command of a perfect hierarchy of officers and sergeants. Not only are they slaves of the bourgeois class, and of the bourgeois State; they are daily and hourly enslaved by the machine, by the overlooker, and, above all, by the individual bourgeois manufacturer himself. The more openly this despotism proclaims gain to be its end and aim, the more petty, the more hateful and the more embittering it is.
The less the skill and exertion of strength implied in manual labour, in other words, the more modern industry becomes developed, the more is the labour of men superseded by that of women. Differences of age and sex have no longer any distinctive social validity for the working class. All are instruments of labour, more or less expensive to use, according to their age and sex. No sooner is the exploitation of the labourer by the manufacturer, so far, at an end, that he receives his wages in cash, than he is set upon by the other portions of the bourgeoisie, the landlord, the shopkeeper, the pawnbroker, etc.
The lower strata of the middle class — the small tradespeople, shopkeepers, and retired tradesmen generally, the handicraftsmen and peasants — all these sink gradually into the proletariat, partly because their diminutive capital does not suffice for the scale on which Modern Industry is carried on, and is swamped in the competition with the large capitalists, partly because their specialised skill is rendered worthless by new methods of production.
Thus the proletariat is recruited from all classes of the population. The proletariat goes through various stages of development. With its birth begins its struggle with the bourgeoisie. At first the contest is carried on by individual labourers, then by the workpeople of a factory, then by the operative of one trade, in one locality, against the individual bourgeois who directly exploits them. They direct their attacks not against the bourgeois conditions of production, but against the instruments of production themselves; they destroy imported wares that compete with their labour, they smash to pieces machinery, they set factories ablaze, they seek to restore by force the vanished status of the workman of the Middle Ages.
At this stage, the labourers still form an incoherent mass scattered over the whole country, and broken up by their mutual competition. If anywhere they unite to form more compact bodies, this is not yet the consequence of their own active union, but of the union of the bourgeoisie, which class, in order to attain its own political ends, is compelled to set the whole proletariat in motion, and is moreover yet, for a time, able to do so. At this stage, therefore, the proletarians do not fight their enemies, but the enemies of their enemies, the remnants of absolute monarchy, the landowners, the non-industrial bourgeois, the petty bourgeois.
Thus, the whole historical movement is concentrated in the hands of the bourgeoisie; every victory so obtained is a victory for the bourgeoisie. But with the development of industry, the proletariat not only increases in number; it becomes concentrated in greater masses, its strength grows, and it feels that strength more. The various interests and conditions of life within the ranks of the proletariat are more and more equalised, in proportion as machinery obliterates all distinctions of labour, and nearly everywhere reduces wages to the same low level. The growing competition among the bourgeois, and the resulting commercial crises, make the wages of the workers ever more fluctuating.
The increasing improvement of machinery, ever more rapidly developing, makes their livelihood more and more precarious; the collisions between individual workmen and individual bourgeois take more and more the character of collisions between two classes. Here and there, the contest breaks out into riots. Now and then the workers are victorious, but only for a time. The real fruit of their battles lies, not in the immediate result, but in the ever expanding union of the workers. This union is helped on by the improved means of communication that are created by modern industry, and that place the workers of different localities in contact with one another.
It was just this contact that was needed to centralise the numerous local struggles, all of the same character, into one national struggle between classes.
But every class struggle is a political struggle. And that union, to attain which the burghers of the Middle Ages, with their miserable highways, required centuries, the modern proletarian, thanks to railways, achieve in a few years. This organisation of the proletarians into a class, and, consequently into a political party, is continually being upset again by the competition between the workers themselves. But it ever rises up again, stronger, firmer, mightier. It compels legislative recognition of particular interests of the workers, by taking advantage of the divisions among the bourgeoisie itself.
Altogether collisions between the classes of the old society further, in many ways, the course of development of the proletariat. The bourgeoisie finds itself involved in a constant battle. At first with the aristocracy; later on, with those portions of the bourgeoisie itself, whose interests have become antagonistic to the progress of industry; at all time with the bourgeoisie of foreign countries. In all these battles, it sees itself compelled to appeal to the proletariat, to ask for help, and thus, to drag it into the political arena.
The bourgeoisie itself, therefore, supplies the proletariat with its own elements of political and general education, in other words, it furnishes the proletariat with weapons for fighting the bourgeoisie.
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Further, as we have already seen, entire sections of the ruling class are, by the advance of industry, precipitated into the proletariat, or are at least threatened in their conditions of existence. These also supply the proletariat with fresh elements of enlightenment and progress.
Finally, in times when the class struggle nears the decisive hour, the progress of dissolution going on within the ruling class, in fact within the whole range of old society, assumes such a violent, glaring character, that a small section of the ruling class cuts itself adrift, and joins the revolutionary class, the class that holds the future in its hands.
Just as, therefore, at an earlier period, a section of the nobility went over to the bourgeoisie, so now a portion of the bourgeoisie goes over to the proletariat, and in particular, a portion of the bourgeois ideologists, who have raised themselves to the level of comprehending theoretically the historical movement as a whole. Of all the classes that stand face to face with the bourgeoisie today, the proletariat alone is a really revolutionary class.
The other classes decay and finally disappear in the face of Modern Industry; the proletariat is its special and essential product. The lower middle class, the small manufacturer, the shopkeeper, the artisan, the peasant, all these fight against the bourgeoisie, to save from extinction their existence as fractions of the middle class. They are therefore not revolutionary, but conservative. Nay more, they are reactionary, for they try to roll back the wheel of history. If by chance, they are revolutionary, they are only so in view of their impending transfer into the proletariat; they thus defend not their present, but their future interests, they desert their own standpoint to place themselves at that of the proletariat.
In the condition of the proletariat, those of old society at large are already virtually swamped. The proletarian is without property; his relation to his wife and children has no longer anything in common with the bourgeois family relations; modern industry labour, modern subjection to capital, the same in England as in France, in America as in Germany, has stripped him of every trace of national character.
Law, morality, religion, are to him so many bourgeois prejudices, behind which lurk in ambush just as many bourgeois interests. All the preceding classes that got the upper hand sought to fortify their already acquired status by subjecting society at large to their conditions of appropriation. The proletarians cannot become masters of the productive forces of society, except by abolishing their own previous mode of appropriation, and thereby also every other previous mode of appropriation.
They have nothing of their own to secure and to fortify; their mission is to destroy all previous securities for, and insurances of, individual property. All previous historical movements were movements of minorities, or in the interest of minorities. The proletarian movement is the self-conscious, independent movement of the immense majority, in the interest of the immense majority. The proletariat, the lowest stratum of our present society, cannot stir, cannot raise itself up, without the whole superincumbent strata of official society being sprung into the air. Though not in substance, yet in form, the struggle of the proletariat with the bourgeoisie is at first a national struggle.
The proletariat of each country must, of course, first of all settle matters with its own bourgeoisie.