Essay on Social Class , Karl Marx

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Introduction
In this essay I will discuss Marx’s conception of social class with the reference to the bases for class struggle, social class and class consciousness and try to find if this conception can provide the framework to understand the South African society.
Context
Social Class
According to Marx’s view, “There are two main social clusters: a subject class and a ruling class” (Haralambos and Holborn: 37), a ruling class is the bourgeoisie and a subject class is the proletariat. The bourgeoisie has more power, the proletariat has less power and there is conflict interest between them. The reason of the conflict interest it is, because the bourgeoisie have opposing interest to the proletariat.
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They now know that the wages that they were paid was little and their living conditions were not very well. The mine workers took action collectively and the other results were not good, because some people passed-away.
The second scandal is the farm workers strike that also took place here in South Africa and it happened after the Marikana scandal. The farm workers put down their tools and decided to march to the headquarters of the farm owner. “Administrative and legitimate systems are structured to fit the capitalist interest” (Moore: 77), the police were in favour of the bourgeoisies and most of the proletariats were just supported by the organisation of the working union.

Class Struggle
According to (Haralambos and Holborn: 39), they quoted that Marx stated that, “The history of all societies up to the, present is the history of the class struggle”, Marx is trying to show or tell us that the way things are in the societies are caused by how things were in history. The capitalist class is the minority and the working class are the majority in the class struggle, and this shows that if a small group has power, it can control and oppress the large group.
“The working class and the working peasants are the one that are primarily affected by the class struggle”, (Moore: 80). The working class and the capitalist have opposite interest and thee capitalist make more

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