Communist Manifesto Analysis

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Karl Marx wrote in 1848, "The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles"; it still holds true today. Feudal society gave way to democracy, yet the class stratification only intensified. As Marx states "Society as a whole is more and more splitting up into two great hostile camps…the Bourgeoisie and Proletariat," or in today's terminology, the have and have-nots. The growing middle and lower classes in America cannot compete with the "old wealth" of the upper class. Some entrepreneurs, who were in the right place at the right time, have managed to climb the social ladder and enter the bourgeoisie. An individual born today is more likely to move down the ladder rather than up. Marx addressed that possibility by stating, "What the bourgeoisie therefore produces, above all, are its own grave diggers." The bourgeoisie gain strength through political advances at the expense of the proletariat. The United States Senate, the Millionaires Club, as well as Congress and the office of President, have all evolved from feudal systems. Marx states, "The executive of the modern state is but a committee for managing the common affairs of the whole bourgeoisie." Most legislation is directed to the bourgeoisie of American society even though the proletariat often proposes it. Recent laws have included tax credits for private schools, tax cuts for wealthy (what used to be middle class) individuals, acceptance of an outrageous war budget while people are hungry in America, and the backing of monopolies in federal court cases. The Communist Manifesto claims that in this stage of society, that every victory for the proletariat is actually a victory for the bourgeoisie. The commercial relationship between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat has developed as Marx described it would. "The need of a constantly expanding market for its products chases the bourgeoisie over the entire surface of the globe." One American brand name comes to mind—McDonalds. This...
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