The Communist Manifesto By Karl Marx And Friedrich Engels

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"The history of all hithero existing society is the history of class struggle." (Marx & Engels 1848). This statement establishes the setting for the Communist Manifesto written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. A bold proclamation, the Communist Manifesto set the stage at the time for illustrating, so distinctly, a prolonged tension between two opposing and intertwined classes of a capitalistic economy. Still resonating in contemporary society, class struggle, especially between these two classes has long challenged the perception and effective utilization of an capitalistic economy; in present American society, in present European society, and many more societal economies around the globe. Defining these two classes is essential to…show more content…
Marx then tries to eliminate the power of the Bourgeois by eliminating property. Without private property the Bourgeois cannot control business and create capital. In Marxist theory the bourgeoisie indirectly or directly control property; bourgeoise might own factories, various mills, workshops, or other types of businesses; they could own the land their business are constructed on, or own services (like railroads or power grids) that such businesses depend on; they might be shareholders in companies that own such things, or own banks or lending institutions that such businesses are indebted to. The bourgeoisie are anyone who can take control of some productive capacity and leverage that control to make a profit for themselves. The proletariat do the actual labor of producing things. They work in factories, mills, railroads, power stations, banks, and every other business, but have no control over the business and cannot leverage that productive power to make a profit for themselves. They accept a wage for their labor. Marx expressed many views about the over empowerment of the bourgeoisies in The Communists Manifesto. Marx believed that the working class was not getting paid what they deserved for the quality of work that they were producing. Marx
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