A general definition provided by Richard Miller, from an introduction to Karl Marx, allows an understanding of the two classes. With history of class conflicts and the rise of capitalism, Marx claims that the bourgeoisie have created their own gravediggers. The development of modern industry, therefore, cuts from under its feet the very foundation on which the bourgeoisie produces and appropriates products. What the bourgeoisie, therefore, produces, above all, is its own gravediggers. Its fall and the victory of the proletariat are equally inevitable (Marx, 429).
A strong claim made by Marx which he supports with specific criteria and preconditions, which will subsequently be discussed, for a revolt of the proletariat class. Marx fears that the bourgeoisie has produced its own means to an end however, I plan to argue against this claim proving that Marx was too quick to assume the results of a modern class conflict.
Marx fails to foresee the possibility of success, instead assuming that with the proper conditions a proletariat rebellion is inevitable. What Marx believes to be self- evident is in reality a problematic claim. What Marx fails to realize is that the bourgeoisie encompass the ability to adapt to certain circumstances. Contemporary history has provided the data to display that the proletariat class can be purchased. In addition, Marx could not see that an increase in production would logically lead to an increase in wages and therefore and increased standard of living. Marx's analysis is too narrow-minded and does not take into consideration capitalism as it relates to the entire country. Included in the Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844, Marx addresses the issue of an increase in wages, An enforced increase of wages (disregarding all other difficulties, including the fact that it would only be by force, too, that the higher wages, being an anomaly, could be maintained) would therefore be nothing but better payment for the slave, and would not win either for the worker or for labor their human status and dignity (Marx, 416).
Marx's argument against this increase in wages is accurate for the portion that concerns itself with human dignity. However, Marx did not realize that dignity would be disregarded by the proletariat for an increased financial status. Furthermore, Marx fails to...