Comparing Marx And Engels ' Economic And Philosophic Manuscripts Centres

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This excerpt from Marx and Engels’ Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts centres around the concept of the inherent estrangement between the producer and the product. This dichotomy of opposites is frequently reinforced in the text, through the idea of what the two parts of society, (in simple terms, the rich and the poor), receive in reward for the work of the worker. The language of “wonderful” and “privation,” “palaces” and “hovels”, “beauty” and “deformity,” makes clear, through the use of clearly opposing language, the central anti-capitalist message in this particular extract. It also serves to encourage a re-humanisation of the labourer, where a capitalist structure encourages the opposite: the commodification of human beings, and the separation of these commodities from the thing that they produce, which becomes a separate commodity also.

This Marxist summation of political economy, and for that matter, Marxism in general, begins with a foundation of humanism, in the most literal and unstructured sense of the word. Marx and Engels clearly see injustice in the acceptance of the worker as a separate entity from the product; this discounts his/her relationship with what they have created, discounts the effort put into what has been created and serves to create the barrier between worker and product, a barrier integral to the construct of capitalism. This separation creates ease in enforcing a capitalist structure because it removes any fluidity; lines can be drawn…

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