Essay about Marx 's Critique Of Capitalism

1377 Words Dec 8th, 2016 6 Pages
Marx’s rhetorically-charged censure of “bourgeois” globalization reveals another major flaw in his critique of capitalism. Marx uses heavily-biased language to censure the spread of capitalism, “The cheap prices of commodities are the heavy artillery with which it batters down all Chinese walls, with which it forces the barbarians’ intensely obstinate hatred of foreigners to capitulate. It compels all nations, on pain of extinction, to adopt the bourgeois mode of production; it compels them to introduce what it calls civilization into their midst, i.e., to become bourgeois themselves” (4). To start, I would like to simplify Marx’s paragraph into a few words: the many benefits of capitalism are too great to pass up. Marx twists the idea of globalization of trade into some type of conquest. By using language such as “capitulate,” “forces,” “pain of extinction,” and “heavy artillery” Marx attempts to trick his audience into believing that capitalism is being forced upon these nations. Either Marx is misleading his audience or does not understand capitalism. No nation is compelled to take up capitalism, the “cheap prices of commodities” he refers to as heavy artillery are actually just the plentiful benefits of industrialization. Capitalism brings modern medicine, plumbing, quick and cheap travel and countless other benefits who industrialize. China and other nations that Marx describes as “barbarians” simply realized the benefit of changing their ways. Progress is not…

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