The Three Concepts In The Communist Manifesto By Karl Marx
MODERN – HEGEL, MARX AND MILL
The point of view that the individual is prior to the state (Courtney, 2012, p. 24) may be seen in this epoch through the discussion of the three concepts by Hegel, Marx and Mill. In Friedrich Hegel’s the …show more content…
At a time when the industrial revolution is at its peak or “the epoch of the bourgeoisie” (2002, p. 220) as he calls it, civil society is rife with the class struggle between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat over political, economic and social power (Marx & Engels, 2002). Since the state is a bourgeois State due to its domination by the bourgeoisie/capitalists, there is an inequality due to private property. As Marx said, “…private property is already done away with for nine-tenths of the population; its existence for the few is solely due to its non-existence in the hands of those nine-tenths” (2002, p. 237). Only with the abolition of private property will there be a “‘complete emancipation of all human senses and qualities’” (Jones, 2002, p. 138) i.e. Freedom. Thus, freedom is equated with the emancipation of the proletariat through abolishing private property (Marx & Engels, 2002, p.