He sees that capitalism does not offer equality and notices that it treats its workers poorly. He sees that all the workers want is to be respected and not be alienated from the society they are trying to help and the bourgeoisie only care about the surplus value. He understands that the issues that come with capitalism will grow until finally the proletariats and the intelligentsia will start a revolution that will demolish capitalism and make it a socialism society and finally end with having a communist
He wanted to educate people for their own sake on how to breakthrough the inequality and save themselves from capitalism. His goal was to empower an emancipate the oppressed by explaining to these people that conditions will become miserable enough that workers will revolt and overthrow the bourgeoisie…”(Karl Marx PowerPoint). Marx’s assumes that organization of society and labor affect people’s consciousness and the way they relate to one another. This happens because people become withdrawn from the rest of the humanity for work. As I said in the
The Industrial Revolution cast its shadow upon European cities and towns. Some enjoyed this shade while others suffered tremendously because of it. Those who enjoyed the luxuries and wealth that the Industrial Revolution provided, the bourgeoisie, depended on the needs of the poor, the proletarians, to increase the size of their monstrous factories and ultimately their wealth and influence. In “The Communist Manifesto” Karl Marx discusses the effects of the Industrial Revolution in further dividing society by creating new social and economic hierarchies. In addition to his observation of the division of labor, Karl Marx believed, that due to the technological shift from craftsmanship to machinery this also caused division of labor and the appreciation of proletarian handmade goods was disregarded.
In the novel “In Dubious Battle”, It was a more so culmination of events such as the lowering of wages, unsafe equipment and unsanitary living conditions which finally motivated the workers to use their power to strike, hich immediately took place after World War One. In this time the Great Depression was turning its head in, in what turned out to be the worst economic downfall in U.S history. The stock markets were falling and unemployment rates were skyrocketing through the roof. At first the working class allowed the growers to have absolute power because they provided them jobs. As the workers became a bigger part of the organization they beginning to see how unfairly they were being treated.
Yet, no matter how silent or modest it is, exploitation and class conflict has increased tremendously under capitalism as a result of ‘freedom to buy’’ it gave. As Veblen conceptualized, emulative consumerism has become a defining feature of capitalism that woke up the predatory instinct also in workers. The more the jobs became unproductive, they need something else to make themselves happy, and buy more and more, especially as ‘conspicious consumption’, to raise their status in the society. Patriotic fervor is also an important point in Veblen to explain the instinct in workers which restrains them from revolution because of the Communist
With this, Steinbeck illustrates the hatred which the upper class had towards their potential employees. These emotions provide further reasoning for such poor economic conditions, as those with money were using it to prevent others from economic prosperity. Rather, the upper class were labeling those in need as “Okies”, and attempting to drive them out of “their” land. Steinbeck illustrates the lower class’ reception of this treatment, and their disgust with the upper class for treating them this way. The lower class believe that their ardent work ethic has incited fear in the upper class and caused them to try to eradicate any possibility for the lower class to succeed by reducing their opportunities.
Marxism was a theory of conflict. It was part of the society as a bases and superstructure. It supported capitalism under the concepts of Labour theory of value, exploitation, alienation and class consciousness. Marxism as a theory of conflict: The conflict that went on was between the working class or Proletariat and the capitalist or the Boergeoisie on the other hand. The worker class was treated like slaves because the capitalist owned the factories and businesses and used the workers class to do their work for them so that they can be rich and so that they can live in poverty.
For Marx, those who have power often manipulate the state, and those who do not are being left behind. Civil society is also greatly affected by individuals who are often rich or well-to-do, i.e. the bourgeoisie. Also, those in power are extensively limiting the freedom of those proletariats who are not capable of reaching the heights of the social ladder. As such, Marx provides a radical idea of a revolution of the masses, the proletarians, to overthrow bourgeoisie rule and create a sense of equality among the community, the inversion of the triangle, in the colloquial language.
Social Darwinism was one of the most harmful innovations of that time. It was an argument about the ability of government regulation over a business and the laws the government would give out to help poor people. As a result, unions grew and would fight for the conditions to get better. Many of these times violence would be a major factor like during the strike of 1894, strikers were killed and a great deal of property was destroyed. Unions wanted to prove that an equal economic system was desperately needed, otherwise, America would become
Marx argues that due to division of labor and class struggle, “man comes to objectify himself through this mere one-dimension he has created and identifies with” (Marx p.475). The class struggle resulted from division of labor created an inequality where some will own the means of production, and the lower class who provides or sells their labor or “self” to survive working for those owners of means of product. This two groups are simply explained as bourgeoisies and proletariats by Marx. As the industrialization and society modernizes, the inequality will prevail observably. Marx argues that the proletariats will revolt against bourgeoisies and lead to the fall of capitalism and rise of communism.
Robber Barons were like robin hoods, but reversed. Instead of stealing from the rich to give to the poor, they would steal from the poor by giving the rich a discount on a product, then making that same product up for a poorer person (Whitehead, 2016). The Civil War has just ended. America is thrown into a time of industrialism that it wasn’t properly prepared for. Before all of the industrialism was put into the equation, we were a mess and with the industrialism, we were a disaster, just waiting to explode.