Blog 1: Karl Marx

In the Communist Manifesto Marx argues of the class struggles between the bourgeoisie and proletarians.There wouldn’t be a government, and everyone would work together to benefit the community. Marx discusses the view of materialistic and of history and the relationship between bourgeoisie and proletarians. Marx makes it known to us that the real ongoing crises of history is class struggle.According to Marx’s definitions, bourgeoisie is owners of the means of production who live off of profits, and proletariat can be defined as people who work for a salary. Marx believed that as bourgeoisies get power economically they also do get more power politically. As long as the proletarians can find work they can live and they can find work only as long as their labor increases capital.They are a commodity, and are vulnerable to all the fluctuations of the market. Marx said “The bourgeoisies has stripped of its halo every occupation hitherto honored and looked up to with reverent awe.” I don’t know if this is right but I agree with Marx because I feel that everyone should be equal. Communism may be a great theory to some people, but it has never worked in practice.




One response to “Blog 1: Karl Marx

  1. Good review of the basics of Marx’s theory of class struggle, N. You save the most intriguing comments for the end, and they could use a little unpacking. For instance, the quotation from the Communist Manifesto:
    “The bourgeoisie has stripped of its halo every occupation hitherto honoured and looked up to with reverent awe.” What struck you about this quote? To get at its meaning, it’s helpful to add the next sentence: “It has converted the physician, the lawyer, the priest, the poet, the man of science, into its paid wage labourers.”

    Another term/concept that needs unpacking is “equal” or “equality.” You write that you think everyone should be “equal.” But in what sense? One of Marx’s key statements on this is the dictum “From each according to his ability to each according to his needs.”

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