Karl Marx Essay

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> Marx argued that his ideas are not dead. Explain why he thinks so. He provided some examples suggesting that his ideas are still applicable to the reality of the US. Provide at least one of these examples. Marx's theories about society, economics and politics, also known as Marxism, say that human societies progress through class struggle. Class struggle is a conflict between an ownership class that controls production and a deprived laboring class that does the labor for production. He called capitalism the "dictatorship of the bourgeoisie." He believed it to be run by the wealthy classes for their own benefit. He also believed that capitalism would bring internal tensions that would lead to its self-destruction and replacement by a new system. For example, there are workers today who have been denied trade union representation, and who have been denied holiday pay, health care, and other benefits. If you were to go into any business today, you will see owners and workers. The owners cannot do or function without the workers and they want to pay them as little as they can for the most amount of product or output. On the other hand the workers want the most they can get. This is a class struggle.

> Marx read from one of his books the following quote: Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.” Explain that this means.

Karl Marx’s quote means that, man makes