Analysis Of Karl Marx's Writing Of The Communist Manifesto

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Karl Marx 's writing of ‘The Communist Manifesto’ in 1848 has been documented by a vast number of academics as one of the most influential pieces of political texts written in the modern era. Its ideologically driven ideas formed the solid foundation of the Communist movement throughout the 20th century, offering a greater alternative for those who were rapidly becoming disillusioned and frustrated with the growing wealth and social divisions created by capitalism. A feeling not just felt in by a couple of individuals in one society, but a feeling that was spreading throughout various societies worldwide. As Toma highlights in his work, Marx felt that ‘capitalism would produce a crisis-ridden, polarized society destined to be taken over by…show more content…
Most importantly for those who Marx feels capitalism has an adverse effect on, the proletariat. Marx in The Communist Manifesto explains what capitalism is and what it is to be a capitalist: "To be a capitalist is to have not only a purely personal but a social status in production. Capital is a collective product, and only by the united action of many members, nay, in the last resort, only by the united action of all members of society, can it be set in motion." (Marx, K., Engels, F. and Berman, M. (2011)). Through such a definition of capitalism, he adamantly stresses that capitalist state is selfish, one that has been manufactured by the desire of individuals to have a greater material wealth than his societal…show more content…
The Capitalists have their own idea of justice which suits their own needs and desires, evidently overlooking the waged class. This leading to the waged class forming their own concept of justice as Cohen points out “The exploited class… the proletariat, develops a conception of justice different from the prevailing one and arrives at a negative evaluation of the existing distribution of productive wealth and income.” (Cohen, M. 2014) on top of this Husami states: “it is valid… for the proletariat and its spokesmen to criticize capitalist distribution using proletarian standards of justice. Marx… offers such a critique.” (Husami, 1978). Through this argument, it shows that Marx condemned capitalism as unjust through the use of justice from the waged workers point of view. Marx was adamant that the capitalist state was only beneficial for the individuals who are able to exploit it in order to reach the top of the social

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