Karl Marx And Fredrich Engel 's The Communist Manifesto Essays

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Karl Marx and Fredrich Engel’s The Communist Manifesto (1848) is one of the most historically and politically significant texts of modern history. The manifesto expertly gives context to the rise of the newly emergent economic system of capitalism, as well as exposes many of its current flaws, and even makes predictions about the progression and fall of capitalism. Marx and Engels accurately predicted the economic class struggle and income inequality even 40 years before the gilded age. The foresight of the text is largely based on its precise critique of the capitalist economic system. While Marx’s justifiably condemns various elements of capitalism, his critique falls short in four areas: capitalism’ empowerment of historically marginalized groups, the benefit of globalization, its natural foundation, and its practicality. Marx’s shortcomings in these areas lend insight into why the class revolution Marx predicted has yet to occur. In this essay I will begin by providing some historical background, followed by a general explanation of Marx’s critique of capitalism, then addressing each area of shortcoming, concluding by qualifying the near-future possibility of a class revolution. Karl Marx was born in 1818, during the height of the industrial revolution. As Marx mentions in his manifesto, the industrial revolution gave birth to capitalism and the class identities of bourgeoisie and the proletariat. Writing The Communist Manifesto in 1848, Marx’s ideas were published long…

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