Marxist Critique Of Capitalism Analysis

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Merriam-Webster defines capitalism as “an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market”. Karl Marx was a socialist, born in Prussia in 1818. He is considered by many to be the father of modern day communism. Marx and his followers were very critical of capitalism for three main reasons. This essay will distinguish and evaluate the three Marxist critiques of capitalism.
The first critique of capitalism, according to DeGeorge is” Capitalism is inherently immoral because it cannot exist without robbing the worker of his due.” (p. 149). In business most companies develop a product and sell the product to make a profit. To develop a product they must have a labor force to design, develop, and create it. One way for companies to make a profit is to control the cost of labor. Karl Marx considered this to be labor exploitation and this is the basis of the first critique. As we have seen in big business, large companies have sent their manufacturing operations overseas to find cheap labor. According to DeGeorge, “If the cost of labor gets too
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Some of these critiques are based on capitalism and the business practices from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Also pre-capitalistic Europe was dominated by aristocrats. The aristocracy was the only group of people allowed to own land and hold titles. Most people worked hard in the fields for little compensation and were basically bound to the class into which they were born. Capitalism allowed members of the lower classes to create their own wealth and own property. Capitalism has evolved over time with the advent of unions for workers’ protection and the globalization of the

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