Karl Marx And The Rise Of Communism Essay

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Karl Marx defines another condition necessary to the rise of communism as the intensification of social polarity, and the class antagonisms that follow. The presence of these two conditions is essential to the rise of communism over the ashes of capitalism. Thus, he explains that our age of capitalism “has simplified class antagonisms” and “society as a whole is more and more splitting up… …into two great classes facing each other: the bourgeoisie and the proletariat” (Marx 15). With the evolution of capitalism, the bourgeoisie “has converted the physician, the lawyer, the priest, the poet, the man of science into its paid wage laborers” and has caused increasing polarity and disparity between the two classes (Marx 16). Marx then explains that, as history moves forward, society will become more and more polarized, with greater class antagonisms springing from this polarity and from the exploitation of one class by the other. This class antagonism will then eventually materialize into a communist revolution, as predicted by the Marxist view of history.
As the march of time moves on, we gradually have evolved away from these conditions of class polarity and antagonism. In the industrialized countries of Marx’s time, we have seen a gradual lessening of the polarity between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat. In these Western countries, social polarity has lessened through the economic shift away from an exclusively manufacturing economy, the trend towards social/economic…

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