Essay on Marxism Applied to the Modern State

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Elitism, Marxism, and pluralism are all political theories that can be used to understand how the modern state as we understand a live in it today functions. All three theories highlight the importance of different things and stress successes or failures of the state to be attributed to different functions or aspects of state operations. Although it is important to understand how different aspects of each perspectives can help understand how the modern state functions, it is imperative to identify most strongly with one theory in order to fully understand the modern state. Elitism speaks about an individual or group of powerful elites that govern the state, hold the power both economically, and politically. Marxism is all about the bottom…show more content…
The decision in this case comes down to the distribution of power, and how that distribution of power affects the Canadian society. Elitism is that believe that certain people or members of certain classes or groups deserve favoured treatment by virtue of their perceived superiority as an intellect, social status or financial resources. C. Wright Mills explains that the power elite is composed of men whose positions enable them to transcend the ordinary environments of ordinary men and women; they are in positions to make decisions having major consequences. This is to mean that some people innately have more power of persuasion then others, the actions of a small elite group are of more importance, and have a greater affect then those of people not deemed elite. There are several different categories of elites that have an impact on the governance of the modern state, wealth, tradition, and authority. People from all categories have a large impact on society, and are involved in the creation of organized governing systems. In Canada it can be seen that there are certain individuals that have come to their position because of their social status, arguably, Justin Trudeau is one of them. He being a grade school teacher is not the natural pick as a candidate in upcoming national elections, yet, because of the legacy of his father, he becomes, for many, and easy pick. This is a prime example of elitism in Canada. This however is the
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