Bourgeoisie Vs Proletariat

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Karl Marx, the revolutionary socialist whose name has virtually become synonymous with communism, published in February of 1848 The Communist Manifesto, a political pamphlet clarifying socialist values. In the pamphlet, Marx stamps the bourgeoisie as an impediment to equality, highlighting their oppression towards the proletariats as the bourgeoisie continually shove them into poorer and poorer territory. As a socialist seeking equality, Marx consequently rejects the middle-class values and political agendas of the bourgeoisie, preferring instead to incite the inevitable uprising of the proletariat. Class conflicts between the bourgeoisie and proletariat characterized the Industrial Revolution. The bourgeoisie created a system of capitalism …show more content…

There are many proletariats and few bourgeoisie in comparison, yet the bourgeoisie completely dominate and hold nearly all the wealth. “The bourgeoisie… has set up that single, unconscionable freedom – Free Trade. In one word, for exploitation veiled by religious and political illusions, it has substituted naked, shameless, direct, brutal exploitation.” The proletariat suffer brutal working hours and conditions paired with virtually nonexistent wages at the hands of the bourgeoisie. Though living standards have arguably improved as a result of the industry, conditions between the bourgeoisie and proletariat are in stark contrast. This maldistribution could not possibly reflect any conceivable measure of distributive justice. Consequently, Marx proposes socialism: to sequester all wealth under the power of the state and to dispense the wealth equally among all citizens. His plan to administer equality comes through the inevitable revolution of the oppressed class, an occurrence that also brought the bourgeoisie to power. In such conditions, Marx perceives total equality of property and a complete removal of class – the lynchpin to all revolutions in

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