Frederick Engels Theoretical Analysis

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In Anti – Duhring the chapter titled “Theoretical” Frederick Engels, the late German Philosopher reveals his reasoning for why he opposes the capitalist system. According to Engels, the concept of capitalism is exceedingly contradicting, he had come to this conclusion from using the approach of a historical materialist. The school of thought historical materialism proclaims that production and exchange are and forever will be the catalyst for political and social evolution. Throughout this essay, I will be focusing directly on the chapter “Theoretical” and provide further insight on Engels idea regarding the contradicting capitalist system, conflicts pertaining to the capitalist production with the use of quotes and conclude explaining the …show more content…
302) I can infer from this extracted quote/ contradiction that both the mode of production and the mode of exchange are not equivalent, since “the productive forces rebel against the mode of production, which they have outgrown” (Engels, p.302) this clearly states that the productive forces are at a higher status than “the mode of production”(Engels, p.302). All capitalists are aided to increase capital and manufacture much more products if profits are high. Seemingly, over production of goods are results of halting sales. Additionally, failing and eventually breaking down. Productive forces often add pressure and customers become tired of inadequate wages, this is caused because capitalists have arranged poorly to cover costs of production to stay combative in the markets. To further support and prove that productive forces are detrimental if not handled well and not evenly balanced with the mode of production, Engels states “in each crisis society is smothered under the weight of its own productive forces and products of which it can make no use”(Engels, p 308) this leads to society standing “helpless in the face of the absurd contradiction that the producer have nothing to consume because there are no consumers” which sadly leads to the “seize of the means of production by society”(Engels, p.309). Undoubtedly this “puts an end to commodity production” (Engels, p.309). Engels now believes this is where hope begins this is now time for new assembled system which should be beneficial to everyone; spiritually, physically and

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