Essay on Communism And The Materialistic Dependence Of The Time

1394 Words Nov 20th, 2015 6 Pages
Communism is defined as a political theory advocating class war and leading to a society in which all property is publicly owned and each person works and is paid according to their abilities and needs. The only part this definition leaves out is from whom it was derived. As the innovator of the theories denominated as communism and “Marxism,” Karl Marx is an eminently influential figure to this day for both his analyses of history and his countermeasure to the materialistic dependence of the time. Born on May 5, 1818 in Trier, Prussia, Karl Heinrich Marx was one of nine children to Heinrich and Henrietta Marx. His father was a successful lawyer who apotheosized both Kant and Voltaire, and was an ardent activist for Prussian reform (Hart, 133). After the defeats by Napoleon in 1806, Prussia created a program of army reform. Unfailingly, these reformers followed the French model, calling for changes that would increase competition for positions, and open up said positions to everyone based on talent, as opposed to birth to a certain family. Being exposed to this kind of motivation to overhaul his country may have led Marx to restore all countries, eventually through communism. Both his father and mother were originally Jewish, they were eventually baptized under the Evangelical Established Church. It is commonly believed that “...his Jewish background may have exposed him to prejudice and discrimination that may have led him to question the role of religion in society and…

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