Discussion Of Communism In Communist Manifesto, By Karl Marx

When we think of communism we think of government’s such as present day North Korea and Lenin’s Soviet Union. These countries had communistic philosophy in mind, but ultimately created a government that resembled more than anything social totalitarianism. This is because these governments relied on the state to control all the aspects of society, whereas in a true communistic society, the society is all-powerful and there is no room for the state. In his book, Communist Manifesto, Marx talks about the history of human society and emphasizes the true meaning of communism.
Marx argues that the history of human society is the history of class struggles. This thought does not come without warrant. History has shown a trend in which human society
…show more content…
In doing so, the conditions for class antagonism will also be overthrown ultimately leading to a classless society. Some central features include the abolition of private property. Marx does not mean the abolition of your valuables; he means the abolition of the bourgeoisie private property which fundamentally is social power. For example, take a man who has a hefty saving account and a golf club set. In this case, the savings account would need to go away, but the golf clubs could stay. This is because the savings account counts as a social power as its sheer size can be used as a tool to acquire other things. However, the golf club set is fine as its only function serves to provide the individual with joy and does not hold any social power. Furthermore, a feature of communist society is that requires all its members to work. Even though a communist society is looking to take care of all its people, it cannot do that on its own if the people in the society do not continue to produce necessities and provides services. Since things like money have been abolished, now everyone can perform their job with the feeling of being as equally as valuable as everyone else. Thus, class antagonism soon ceases to exist, and with this leads to another central feature of communism which is the loss of state. This is because the abolition of private …show more content…
The bourgeoisie is increasing in power, and in this is also leading to an increase in the proletariat. Conflict between class continue to arise. A big example of this in modern day is the urge for the government to increase the minimum wage. Instances like this show tensions between employees and their employers, and it only takes so much tension to lead to actual conflict. The proletariat have the numbers, and they certainly have the motive to revolt as Marx expects them to. I myself do not doubt the possibility of a revolution. In fact, I do believe that eventually the lower class will get fed up with capitalism’s systematic oppression and fight back. In that aspect, I agree with Marx. However, where I disagree with Marx is in his belief that the proletariat’s class supremacy—once won from the bourgeoisie—will disappear due to the complete change in production and exchange. In my opinion, I believe that the revolution will simply be a power swing from the rich to the poor. Once the original bourgeoisie is vanquished, it will only be a matter of fact before a new one comes to fruition. Take the American revolution for example. The United States revolted against the motherland in large part because of Britain’s unfair taxation, yet now, it is American citizens who often complain of their own government’s unfair taxation. The revolution simply served to place a new group of people in power, and I believe the same would

Related Documents