Marx: Does Capitalism Really Work?

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According to Marx, capitalism does not work because the working class people, the proletariat, who are ultimately responsible for the production of goods do not reap the benefits, but are rather exploited by the bourgeoisie. This is why communism requires that people pool their labor in order to collectively own the means of production as well as the products. Marx asserts that the very drive to production that characterizes capitalism results in it burning itself out: in order for capitalism to continue flourishing and increasing its means of production, it must further exploit the proletariat; however, repression is only possible when the repressed are being maintained consistently, and the living conditions for the proletariat are only diminishing

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