Marx and Politics

BLOG #1 In The Communist Manifesto, Marx says “the executive of the modern state is but a committee of managing the common affairs of the whole bourgeoisie”. I agree that the wealthy people through out history have controlled a lot of what went on in the political world. We saw this clearly during the recession millions of dollars were given back to banks and investors who were mostly to blame for the economy failing in the first place. But I do believe that Marx would be shocked today to know that someone like Obama is president. Marx believes that the bourgeois will always be in control of all political activities in a capitalist society. But is that still true with Obama as president? More middle and lower class people voted for Obama than Romney in this past election. And we know Obama won. Obama’s policies clearly reflect the wants and needs of the middle and lower classes. Obama has made it clear that the rich shouldn’t pay less in taxes than the lower classes. Even though the wealthy have the money to support any candidate and through them push for their personal agendas. I believe that a new generation of “proletarians” has been formed. A generation that realizes their power is in their numbers.

Marx believes the only way for the proletariat to be heard and have power is through civil war. Marx says “the violent overthrow of the bourgeoisie lays the foundation for the sway of the proletariat”. But history has shown even without overthrowing the government we can have a say. With Obama winning two elections I think it is clear we don’t need an uprising to get our voice heard. If the working class realizes their power, (sort of like the way unions work) then change will ultimately happen and things will work in their favor. Marx seems to only see the negative side of a capitalist world. There is no doubt, plenty of corruption in politics. But I also believe there are a lot of people with good motivations trying to help build good communities and cities. Of course civil war is always possible. Marx makes a good point when he calls the proletariat an “oppressed class”. Essentially the proletarians are oppressed unless they stand up for their rights. If they don’t get their needs heard then they will be frustrated and feel beaten down. This then will lead to the proletarians doing something drastic. But if they involve themselves in their community and go out and vote then they have a better shot of living a happier life. This is why we have the voting system. Everyone has a voice and everyone has a chance to be heard.

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One response to “Marx and Politics

  1. Very good presentation of the basic liberal democratic critique of Marxism. Democratic elections and “interest group” politics are seen as a way to advance the interests of the working and middle classes, short of revolution, inside a capitalist economic framework. But Marx would challenge the notion that the Democratic party President Obama genuinely represent the interests of the lower classes; he’d say it’s a “bourgeois” party that represents a different section of the bourgeoisie than the Republicans, despite its *claims* to represent ordinary “working Americans” or “American families.”

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