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November 7, 2012 2:20 PM   Subscribe

The Communist Manifesto. The 95 Theses. The Cluetrain Manifesto. Dogme 95. What are some other influential manifestos, political, religious, sociological, artistic, or otherwise, either past or present?
posted by shivohum to Grab Bag (50 answers total) 53 users marked this as a favorite
 
Situationist International manifesto

Dada manifesto

Surrealist manifesto
posted by mediated self at 2:39 PM on November 7, 2012 [2 favorites]


The Society of the Spectacle (Debord) and The Revolution of Everyday Life (Vanegeim).
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 2:39 PM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


Unabomber's Manifesto
posted by eas98 at 2:41 PM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


The Futurist Manifesto
posted by scody at 2:47 PM on November 7, 2012 [2 favorites]


The SCUM Manifesto.
posted by item at 2:51 PM on November 7, 2012 [2 favorites]


Walter Gropius's 1919 Bauhaus Manifesto.
posted by zsazsa at 2:51 PM on November 7, 2012


Dunno how influential it was/is but it got me revved up: The Coming Insurrection. Wikipedia.
posted by doublesix at 2:52 PM on November 7, 2012


There are quite a few in the Wikipedia article, "Manifesto."

Arguably manifestos:

The Manhattan Declaration

Evangelicals and Catholics Together
posted by Jahaza at 2:55 PM on November 7, 2012


The Wikipedia article Manifesto has a long list of notable manifestos.

Literary theorist Greg Ulmer came up with a brief list of rhetorical features of manifestos, according to which Plato's Phaedrus and Descartes's Discourse on Method are also manifestos by virtue of inventing a new practice based on opposition to an old practice, analogy with a basically unrelated practice, and application of some body of theory.
posted by Monsieur Caution at 2:55 PM on November 7, 2012


It was originally given as a speech, but Emerson's The American Scholar
posted by RonButNotStupid at 2:55 PM on November 7, 2012


The FLQ Manifesto was a key document of the group the Front de libération du Québec. On 8 October 1970, during the October Crisis, it was broadcast by CBC/Radio-Canada television as one of many demands required for the release of kidnapped British Trade Commissioner James Cross.

In French

Dubbed in English

The reading of the text, slangy and radical, on the normally staid CBC was a big deal, not just for the obvious reason of kidnapping and murder, but for Québec French to be broadcast rather than uptight French French.
posted by looli at 2:56 PM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


The Hacker's Manifesto
posted by HFSH at 2:58 PM on November 7, 2012


What about the Declaration of Independence.
posted by Flood at 3:03 PM on November 7, 2012


Society of the Spectacle.
posted by entropone at 3:05 PM on November 7, 2012


mein kampf?
posted by notned at 3:09 PM on November 7, 2012


The Checklist Manifesto.
posted by Rad_Boy at 3:14 PM on November 7, 2012


The ROZZ-TOX Manifesto (Matt Groening and Philip K. Dick-approved)
posted by griphus at 3:19 PM on November 7, 2012


Frank O'Hara's Personism: A Manifesto.

I couldn't tell you if it's influential or not, but it's pretty fun.
posted by musofire at 3:21 PM on November 7, 2012


Charter 77.
posted by orrnyereg at 3:24 PM on November 7, 2012


A Reader's Manifesto
posted by steinsaltz at 3:27 PM on November 7, 2012


The Port Huron Statement
posted by phrontist at 3:29 PM on November 7, 2012 [3 favorites]


Queers Read This (1990)
A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace (1996)
posted by Nelson at 3:32 PM on November 7, 2012


End the Fed
The Conquest of Bread
posted by phrontist at 3:32 PM on November 7, 2012


Oh man, one time Arthur Danto told me about a grad student he knew that was doing her dissertation on art manifestos - she had 150+ collected. I wish I could find that dissertation, but no such google luck. The point is, there are tons.

One of my favorites is the Fluxus manifesto.
posted by Lutoslawski at 3:33 PM on November 7, 2012


Entering the 21st Century:

The Posthuman Manifesto, by Robert Pepperell
The Glitch Studies Manifesto by Rosa Menkmann
Manifesto for a Theory of the New Aesthetic, Curt Cloninger
The Affectivist Manifesto
The Off-Modern Manifesto, Svetlana Boym

Bonus: The Return of Art Manifestos
posted by 0bvious at 3:47 PM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


Declaration of War Against Exploiters of Lakota Spirituality
posted by Jahaza at 3:53 PM on November 7, 2012


Bruce Mau's Incomplete Manifesto for Growth
posted by QuakerMel at 4:01 PM on November 7, 2012


Contract With America
posted by Confess, Fletch at 4:43 PM on November 7, 2012


New games journalism manifesto.
posted by empath at 5:21 PM on November 7, 2012


On hip-hop: there's the 8 Point Agenda, which Lateef refers to as a manifesto.
posted by .kobayashi. at 5:55 PM on November 7, 2012


Cult of Done.
posted by hot_monster at 6:23 PM on November 7, 2012


The Regina Manifesto, which was really the birth of social democracy in Canada.
posted by Johnny Assay at 7:19 PM on November 7, 2012


The Slow Food Manifesto!
posted by Miko at 8:10 PM on November 7, 2012


Dunno how influential it was, but I love it: Donna Haraway's Cyborg Manifesto. The last line is one of my favorite things I read in college ever.
posted by ifjuly at 8:20 PM on November 7, 2012


The Urban Guerilla Concept (manifesto of the Red Army Faction/Baader-Meinhof group)
posted by jquinby at 9:04 PM on November 7, 2012


"i want a dyke for president"
posted by jaksemas at 9:57 PM on November 7, 2012


Refus Global
posted by marylynn at 10:52 PM on November 7, 2012


Roxy Music performs the title track from their sixth LP, Manifesto, in Manchester 1979. The band (if not this song) was certainly influential, although at that late date, not so much.
posted by Rash at 11:21 PM on November 7, 2012


First things first manifesto 1 (1964) and 2 (2000)
posted by dottiechang at 11:54 PM on November 7, 2012


The Believer manifesto (opening essay in issue #1 of The Believer).
posted by mattbucher at 7:16 AM on November 8, 2012


Hakim Bey's Temporary Autonomous Zone
posted by Tom-B at 8:12 AM on November 8, 2012 [2 favorites]


The Agile Manifesto (software development)
posted by kenliu at 9:34 AM on November 8, 2012


Bruce Sterling's Viridian Design Manifesto.
posted by th3ph17 at 10:43 AM on November 8, 2012


I love manifestoes! Here are some favorites:

Werner Herzog's "Minnesota Declaration"

André Breton's "Manifesto of Surrealism"

Dziga Vertov wrote nothing but manifestoes!

More as I think of 'em...
posted by Dr. Wu at 1:09 PM on November 8, 2012


The Cannibal Manifesto from 1928 defined modern Brazilian culture and is still relevant to us today.
posted by Tom-B at 4:27 PM on November 8, 2012


I realized that things like 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The Rules probably qualify.
posted by Miko at 4:29 PM on November 8, 2012


"Toward a Third Cinema," by Fernando Golanas and Octavio Getino.
posted by Dr. Wu at 5:36 PM on November 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


The several Leveller manifestos issued during the English Civil War and subsequently.
posted by Abiezer at 5:14 AM on November 9, 2012


Jinnah's Fourteen Points
The Chartists' Six Points
posted by bardophile at 9:45 AM on November 10, 2012


The Stridentist Manifesto
posted by omegar at 6:23 PM on November 12, 2012


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