The Manifesto Of The Communist Party

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In The Manifesto of the Communist Party, Marx and Engels elaborate a bold thesis on the trajectory of history. Their argument is an important sociological step in social and economic analysis but it fails to provide a convincing account.
Marx and Engels provide a telling account of the historical process of economic and social change. They cogently examine the role that the rise of capitalistic markets has had on the social order, exposing the shift of hierarchical distinctions from lord and serf to owner and worker. As Marx and Engels attempt to define the trajectory of history they looks at these issues from a high level of abstraction which allows their major thesis about class conflict providing the basis for historical change to take shape. With this strategy they are able to connect the rise of markets with increasing globalization, colonialism, and commodification. Marx and Engels ability to provide a cohesive base for such a wide breadth of phenomena helps to add to the legitimacy of their argument. At the same time, their level of abstraction also leads to obfuscation.
Marx and Engel’s boldest claim is their prophetic description of revolution against the bourgeoisie. Here, they provide an excellent theory to suggest that capitalist production has inherent contradictions that erode its very foundation. But where Marx and Engels fall short is in convincingly demonstrating that this contradiction of capitalism will lead to a successful proletarian revolution. Indeed…
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