When reading about Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto, one of the things that stood out to me was how little our class structure has changed throughout history. Similar to today’s upper class, the bourgeoisie were the ruling class that controlled all of capital as well as the means of production. And then there was the proletariat, who were comparable to our working class today. The bourgeoisie held all the power which leads me to believe that the expression “The rich get richer, and the poor gets poorer” has existed throughout time. Due to the inherent class struggle that came with this division, Marx made an effort to promote his idea of class consciousness. The purpose of Marx’s efforts to promote class consciousness was to spread awareness of the proletariat’s importance when it came to the means of production. Marx had hopped that this awareness would kick-start a revolution of the working class against the capitalists and they would become more than just the “wage earning” class. There has been an ongoing effort to eliminate the class separation for centuries, and reading this me question if there will ever be a viable solution to this matter.
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