Karl Marx On Alienation: An Analysis Of Karl Marx On Alienation

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In the video Karl Marx on Alienation Karl Marx has a very strong opposition to capitalism, “an economic system in which owners of private property compete in the marketplace in pursuit of profit” (Witt, 2016, p. 202). He believed that life chances, “the likelihood that our success is shaped by our access to valued material, social, and cultural resources” (Witt, 2016, p. 222) alienated these workers from the products of their labor. Because these labors were born without access to success they were forced to work long hours for a small profit that was often not even enough to afford them the fruits of their labor. From this alienation we start to see Marx’s idea of an elite model, “a view of society as being ruled by a small group of individuals…show more content…
237) and the proletariat “the working class under capitalism who must sell their labor power in exchange for a wage because they lack ownership of the means of production” (Witt, 2016, p. 237) Marx was on the side of the proletariat. Marx believed again because of life chances that the proletariat were not born with the resources to own production so they were forced to sell their labor. Because of the gap that Marx saw growing between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat Marx created an elite model that he hoped would call for a revolution that would end in socialism “an economic system under which the means of production and distribution are collectively owned” (Witt, 2016, p. 203). Under socialism Marx saw a world where everything that was produced was an extension of the person who made it, but instead all he saw between the labors was alienation due to capitalism. Under capitalism Marx believed the individual to be separated from the product, work, and themselves. With this idea of alienation under capitalism Marx believed that people were not living or working to their true…show more content…
Some believe that if it had not been for slavery “a system of enforced servitude in which some people are owned by others as property” (Witt, 2016, p. 222) America would not dominant economy that it is today. So with that thought if it had not been for slavery would our perception of the American Dream be different today? If it had not been for slavery would the American Economy still be seeing the success and opportunity that we are seeing today? It is interesting to think that we built a dominant capitalist economy on the backs of slaves. What would America look like if it had not been for

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