Democracy Is The Road To Socialism By Karl Marx

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Capitalism is the dominant economic system of the West by which production is privately owned and income is distributed through free markets. This exists in contrast to many Eastern countries that believe that production of good is best controlled by the state. The idea that the state and not the individual should be the one controlling production comes from the roots of the philosopher Karl Marx. Marx foresaw a world without the use of money, without a modern caste system with class divisions, and where every person gave according to their abilities but took only what they needed. He was a man that believed in a Communist utopia that predicated that communism was not one possibility, but that it was an inevitable end to a capitalistic means. …show more content…
Capitalism creates dictatorships in which the bourgeoisie rule from above while the proletariats work from below. Democracy functioning within a capitalism framework is unrealistic because corporations, religions, institutions of higher learning are, ostensibly independent, but in reality are controlled by capitalists whom have the money to donate to win elections, pay salaries and provide jobs. This allow for the mass exploitation of those who are not part of their class. These systems address issues only within the ruling bourgeoisie class and completely ignores the interests of the proletariat. Because the proletariats have no representation politically or socially, they are dependent on the bourgeoisie 's good will. Therefore, democracy in a capitalist society is really only a democracy for the wealthy …show more content…
In 2000 Bill and his wife Melinda started the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) “Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives” ("Bill & Melinda Gates foundation," n.d.) . By 2013 the foundation had given away $28 billion worldwide with $42.3 billion in future support of grants with goals of: eradicating polio, expanding childhood immunization, providing funds for education, improving soil in Africa, helping small coffee farmers improve crops and fetch higher prices, support installation of computers and internet access to developing nations, assisting schools in aligning high school standards, to name a few ("Bill & Melinda Gates foundation," n.d.). This seems counter-intuitive to the idea that capitalists are greedy money mongering and that oppression and exploitation are their only goals. Gates is one of many who support the idea that a free market is better suited to improve the lives of humanity than the state would

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