The Communist Manifesto By Karl Marx And Friedrich Engels

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“WORKING MEN OF ALL COUNTRIES, UNITE.” This is a quote from the Communist Manifesto, written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. This quote embodies the very essence of what Marxism was intended to do; unite the proletarians against the bourgeoisie. Marx, and others like himself, championed for the rights of the proletariat, better known as the working class. The Communist Manifesto is the collection of ideas shared by Marx and Engels, detailing social and political life during the nineteenth century. Their book also alluded to how the dismemberment of capitalism would lead to the penultimate reign of a socialist society, which would then transform into communism. Communism would be the last leg of the journey, from which the life of …show more content…
It pits the wealthy against the lower class of society. This conflict is not the product of greed, or the lack of compassion for the poor, but it is the product of capitalism in Marx 's view. Marx contends that a capitalist society can only lead to social inequality by reason of, it is designed to promote individualism . The proletariat sells their labor to the bourgeoisie, or the capitalist, for money, but the capitalist owns the machines, the building, the product, and everything else associated with making the product. The goal of the capitalist is to achieve the largest profit margin as possible. The workers can usually never own anything except their labor, which is their means of making money. Marx lived during the industrial revolution, which saw the advent of tremendous wealth due to the large number of factories being built during this time. Living and working conditions were sub par for the working class during these times. People worked really long and laborious hours for generally a small amount of money, which in turn made the factory owners abundantly wealthy. This was unacceptable to Marx. He asserted that the capitalists were only concerned with their profits, therefore no form of social reformation would improve the social inequalities endured by the proletariat. With this being the case, Marx believed that eventually the workers in the factories would realize that they were being exploited, and they would come …show more content…
Capitalism would first give way to socialism. One of the main or central ideas of socialism is a public right of possession, of the businesses and industries within a country. This would allow the resources produced by the businesses or industries to be used with the interest of the public in mind. Under socialism, workers would receive wages that are satisfactory in accordance to the amount of work they did. Since the factories would no longer be owned by the capitalist, but instead owned by the state, this would rid profit-making as its number one priority. Industrial production would now be used to meet the needs of the people, instead of just being another means for a select few, to accumulate more wealth. The need for a ruling class would no longer exists. Socialism would then transition into communism. Under this new communal regime, all of the important needs of a society would be finally met. The idea of the state, as the majority of the people know it, would be an afterthought, being there would not be any conflicting issues between the classes now, since everyone would be

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