Karl Marx's Views On The Struggle Between The Class

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Marx Response Paper Throughout the ages there have been many differing ideas about the divide and tension between the classes. The eighteen hundreds was a time of immense change in these concepts. The philosophers and political thinkers throughout this time all had different ideas about the struggle between the classes, however, none have been as pronounced and as long- lasting as the ideas of Karl Marx. However, prior to understanding the opinion surrounding his positions it is first crucial to understand his background and beliefs. Karl Marx was born on May 5, 1818 in Prussia into a prominent family (Leedham). While at the University of Berlin, Marx became associated with a group known as The Young Hegelians (Leedham). This was as group …show more content…
His works present aspects that when applied do not necessarily align with the modern world. In his discussion of the base and the superstructure, Marx argues that economic system, or the base, is the only thing that can shape the rest of society. This, however, is not the case. While economics does have a strong role in society it is not the only thing that influences society. In America the political system attempts to block the influence of economics in other aspects of our society. While some corruption does still occur in our system; in most cases there is a loss of influence in parts of our society. Additionally, Marx’s concepts of the means and mode of production are also not equivocal to today’s modern society. In the eighteen hundreds the main force of labor in factories was the poor who needed work. In today’s society, the main means of production has become more technological driven. The development of technology has led to the almost destruction of the factory worker as they are only needed for menial jobs. While the means and mode of production still exist what they are has changed. Moreover, Marx argues that the revolution will begin with a class struggle and when the proletariat comes together and forms a class consciousness. In America, this has already occurred with the formation of labor unions. Workers have come together and formed groups to gain their rights back from companies. However, instead of completely overthrowing their bourgeoisie overlords they have obtained freedoms and continued working. There is no reason for the proletariat to rise up in revolution because they have everything they need in their jobs. Lastly, another fundamental belief of Marx is his belief in the abolition of private property. Marx believes that this will lead to the proletariat overcoming alienation (Leedham). This is also not applicable, as the proletariat is

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