Alienation In The Communist Manifesto

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In The Communist Manifesto, the oppression of the Bourgeoisie upon the proletariats results in their dehumanization. Through the exploitation of labour the proletariats diminish into a way of life that does not allow them to mindfully explore their own humanity. Proletariats will initially crave their own humanity as a means to overcome the Bourgeoisie oppression. The primary drive of a proletariat revolt lies within their need for humanization within their own self-connection and connection to each other. Labourers are alienated from craftsmanship through factory work, and thus lack in pure self-sufficiency. This alienation means the need to understand and indulge in their own humanity will advance a revolution. The material and corrupt world …show more content…
The sense that even in these conditions of exploitation the proletariats have a tendency to humanize themselves and their labour appeals to the idea of revolution concluding from self-awareness. Proletariats are set a part from the labour that they do. Machines and factory work only allows the worker to involve him or herself in a fraction of a strenuous task. The finished product is sometimes never seen, or the full value of their work is never appreciated. A labourer’s mind is set on auto-pilot, but the labourer still recognizes this as abnormal to a pleasurable experience of life and humanity. When writing about the capital the proletariat produces for the Bourgeoisie Marx and Engels say “Wage labour rests exclusively on competition between the labourers. The advance of industry…replaces the isolation of the labourers, due to competition…” (Marx & Engels, The Communist Manifesto, 11). Proletariats are not …show more content…
Alienation from work that is exploitive to their existence, and separates them from a sense of self leads to desire for revolution. Furthermore, as the sustainability of the bourgeoisie system is unreliable the class system will collapse. The proletariats will seek a way to be self-sufficient for their own well-being and their own humanity. This revolt will lead to a communist society. Finally, instead of the gap between the bourgeoisie and the proletariats expanding to the point of proletariat collapse the proletariats will find a humanity among themselves to form a new society. The life the labourers lead does not allow them to satisfy a sense of humanity that is imperative to existence, and they will reject dehumanization. Upon this rejection they will seek ways out of it, and this will finally result in the demolition of a capitalist

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