Is it a Good Thing to have Class-Based Political Parties?

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Is it a Good Thing to have Class-Based Political Parties? This paper posits to defend the position that class-based political parties cannot be considered appropriate in the contemporary world. Among the Marxist left, political polarization is normally portrayed as an express indication of conflict among the social classes, where the working class depicts the natural support base for the left. This analysis is increasingly becoming detached from reality in contemporary years, where the orthodox Marxist political parties are declining in Western Europe. These class-based political parties have also experienced diminished credibility in terms of their foundational ideology. CHALLENGING THE CLASS-BASED POLITICAL PERSPECTIVE The communist manifesto endeavors to propagate the premise that, society is fundamentally founded on a class structure that forms the foundation for class struggles. In defending its position regarding the significance of class-based political parties, the communist manifesto illustrates how the society has been stratified from the ancient Rome, and middle Ages eras. Marx and Engels (2) endeavors to defend the rationale of class-based political parties by asserting that, the contemporary bourgeois society has not discarded class antagonisms that have their roots in the remnants of the feudal society. The conjecture in this allegation is that, the contemporary bourgeois society has founded new classes, conditions of repression, and forms of struggles to replace the previous ones. The communist manifesto posits that, in the contemporary times, the bourgeoisie has only simplified the fundamental class rivalries since the society is increasingly divided into two increasingly antagonistic camps, namely the proletari... ... middle of paper ... ...olitical rights. CONCLUSION It is propagated that the working class cannot liberate itself from the oppression of capitalism unless it fashions its own political party. The elite form their own political parties, and therefore, the working class requires its own political party in order to advance its agenda. On the other hand, this paper emphasizes that class remains the foundation of political polarization. Consequently, in a situation where the political parties are class-based, there will always be institutional impediments that would ensure that the underprivileged political party remains in the periphery in the running of government affairs, including policy formulation. This would in most cases lead to social strife and political instability, since the masses represented by the underprivileged political party, may call for increased political space.
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