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Estranged Labor

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Estranged Labor
In The Communist Manifesto, Marx illustrates how the working class in society is alienated, under the system of private property, in several ways such from the product of their labor, the work itself, from species-being, and from each other. This private property the workers work on is owned by a minute portion of the population who, in exchange for mass production of their product, put their employees through unfair labor conditions. This leads Marx to believe that a human being puts all of his life into working on a product, while working for a capitalist system, but never gets to use it hence, becoming alienated from the product and important parts of life. In essence, the worker will also become alienated in distinct ways. In the following paragraphs, Marx views on working for a capitalist industry will be emphasized and compared to the book written by Upton Sinclair, The Jungle.

In The Communist Manifesto, the working class is called the Proletariat and the capitalists are the Bourgeois. Marx illustrates how the Proletariat is estranged from the product of their labor as they put all their life by working extremely hard to create a certain product only to not be able to use it. "According to this, bourgeois society ought long ago to have gone to the dogs through sheer idleness, for those of its members who work, acquire nothing" (The Communist Manifesto, Marx, 13). This quote can be understood in such a manner that it's saying that the more a worker uses himself up to build a product, the poorer he becomes and becomes alienated from the product. Also, since the worker is putting all of his life into the creation of a product, his life no longer belongs to him but to the product. Furthermore, the more a worker operates, the less he will own material wise and of himself. He will give up his life for a product that he will never cherish by physically operating it. However, Marx further explains that not only will a worker become estranged...
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