How Did Karl Marx Impact On Society

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As time passes, people come and go. Although the majority are forgotten, a handful of luminaries live on through remembrance of what they did while on Earth. Karl Marx is one of these people that have had enormous impact on the way we live today. As a revolutionary, Karl Marx, whose works and ideas were influenced by an increasingly capitalist society, has left a great impact on modern thought and society.
To understand the ideas of Karl Marx, one must understand marxism and capitalism. Marxism can be defined as the belief that society 's classes are the cause for struggle and a result of capitalism; that if capitalism and social classes were destroyed, everyone would be happier. Although it as political and economic motives, many refer
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His close friend and collaborator Friedrich Engels was having similar thoughts and they decided to pair up to analyze capitalism versus socialism (Hammon). Together, they took a trip to Paris which, according to Marx’s biographer, Francis Wheen, was “absolutely swarming with utopian communists, anarchists, Christian socialists, poets, philosophers; it was a hotbed of new thinking” (Wheen). On this trip, Engels and Marx thoroughly studied socialism in France, as well as the mindset of the French people. They both found the country to be progressive and innovative and generally had a really great time. Marx was especially impressed with those who were working specifically on the development of socialism, claiming that “whenever [one] see[s] French socialist workers gathered together: the brotherhood of humanity is not a mere phrase with them, but a truth… the nobility which bursts forth from these toil-worn men” …show more content…
This model implies that all pre-existing societies inherently had factors that cause contradictions, or disequilibria, which can only be fixed by a totally new social system. Most of today’s Neo-Marxists still use this model as a guide to combat capitalist thought. Along with his dialectical model and the idea that a capitalist society cannot provide the needs of everyone while simultaneously keeping them happy, he determined that communism would eventually be utilized as an emergency political structure. The proletariat uprising would overthrow the capitalist government and communism would soon replace it. Marx describes the fall of capitalism claiming that the owners of the capital will “push the working class to buy more and more expensive goods, real estate and equipment, pushing them to take more and more expensive loans until the loans end up in default. The defaulted loans will cause banks to go bankrupt and nationalized by the government, and this, in turn, will lead to the emergence of communism” (Marx) (Grant

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