Karl Marx And Samuel Smiles Analysis

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YeJoon Kang
HST 103_06
Professor Borbonus
10 February 2015
Karl Marx & Samuel Smiles During the time of Industrialization, Europe and the United States were the leading exporters in the global markets. It was most difficult for the working class when there was an abundant amount of supplies, also known as surplus of products once in demand. One of many reasons they were suffering was because; “As more and more factories were built to produce the same commodity…competitors slashed prices by slashing wages” (Marks 136). Many similar problems were practiced in the time. In order for the upper class to cut losses, the lower class had to suffer. Poverty of an individual would lead to suffering and a sense of unfairness where Karl Marx and Samuel
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This German philosopher was in the midst of many revolutions throughout his time. At one point, he was known as the spokesman of the ‘Communist Party’ in 1848, which signifies the kind of involvement he was intervened within at the time. Although Marx was a member of a wealthy family in which he utilized to acquire good education, he was a philosopher who critiqued capitalism. Marx attacks the bourgeoisie families and individuals who happened to be property owners or factory occupants, and critiqued these families and individuals because he believed as property owners; they would need to hire people in order to operate the property. His idea of discarding the middle class was revealed in the third idea of his book The Communist Manifesto. It states, “Abolish of all right of inheritance” (Marx and Engels 124). If this were to happen, those with inheritance to receive would not quietly sit by, as no one would voluntarily hand over his or her wealth. Marx assumed this would be a great strategy to bring a cessation of the existence of a middle class. When one class works for another, the more superior class happens to reap the benefits while the inferior ones are oppressed and this is the ideology/system Marx opposed. Marx believed a better system could emerge if the …show more content…
While the men and their views were complete opposites, ultimately they had a harmonized motivation at heart; which was to offer their point of view and proposed a solution to improve their current state of society. Works Cited
Marks, Robert. "Pp. 135-139." The Origins of the Modern World: A Global and Ecological Narrative from the Fifteenth to the Twenty-first Century. 2d ed. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2007. N. pag. Print.
Marx, Karl, and Friedrich Engels. "Pp. 30-32, 41-43, 60." The Communist Manifesto. 2d ed. New York: National Executive Committee of the Socialist Labor Party, 1898. N. pag. Print.
Smiles, Samuel. "Pp.21-23, 48-49." Self-Help. Chicago: Belford, Clarke, 1881. N. pag.

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