Karl Marx And The Communist Manifesto Essay

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Karl Heinrich Marx is best known as a revolutionary socialist and philosopher who lived throughout Europe from 1818 to 1883. One of Marx’s most celebrated and controversial works is the Communist Manifesto, which he published with fellow philosopher Friedrich Engels in the year 1848. In this pamphlet, Marx portrayed human history as a mere series of social class struggles, and prophesied that the impending proletarian revolution would eventually thrust the working class into the seat of power. In the first chapter of the Communist Manifesto titled “Bourgeois and Proletarians,” Marx lays the groundwork for his ideas, and depicts a world in which the bourgeois viciously rule, and who seek nothing more than financial gain, which, in the end, would lead to the complete collapse of the economy. Though Karl Marx firmly believed that capitalism inevitably creates its own demise, his work “Bourgeois and Proletarians” contains many misconceptions and fallacies that ultimately undermine the logic of his argument.
The first and probably most glaring fallacy is his manifesto occurred when Marx stated: “Society suddenly finds itself put back into a state of momentary barbarism; it appears as if a famine, a universal war of devastation had cut off the supply of every means of subsistence; industry and commerce seem to be destroyed; and why? Because there is too much civilization, too much means of subsistence, too much industry, too much commerce” (par 24). Not only is the statement a…

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