Marxism: The Contradictions And Preconditions Of A Capitalist Society

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Through identifying, defining, and understanding the key concepts of Marxism, the preconditions and contradictions of a capitalist society become more prominent. The contradictions of a capitalist society will be introduced through identifying and defining; radical change by societal transformation exploitation, conflict between different social groups (the bourgeoisie and proletariat), and exploitation. The two contradictions “exploitation” and “conflict between social groups” can be explained complimentary to one another as a result of being closely related. Key concepts such as; historical materialism, means of production, class consciousness, superstructure, and alienation will be referred to in order to aid the further understanding of Marxism, which in turn will address the preconditions of a capitalist society. The preconditions of capitalism can be understood as the requirements for Marxism - what formulates the views of Marxism – due to Marx working hard to create a theory for the capitalist economy. By discussing the key concepts of Marxism, the preconditions of communism are being addressed, and when described complimentary to the contradictions of a capitalist society, the topic becomes more easily understandable.

Karl Marx was a multifaceted man but was popularly known as an economist, political scientist, and one of the men who helped bring about communism (Heywood; 2013; 41). Marx observed society in any possible way he found that he could and through this,

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