Essay Marx and the Bourgeoisie

1917 Words Mar 14th, 2006 8 Pages
In this essay I plan to analyze the claim by Karl Marx that the bourgeoisie class produces its own "gravediggers". I will first present a definition of the bourgeoisie and the proletariat classes along with what Marx means by his claim. After discussing Marx's claim and his support I will assert that his claim is false and was based on a false assumption. I will argue that Marx does not allow the possibility of an adaptation on behalf of the bourgeoisie. Furthermore, that Marx contradicts his claim with his own ideologies from his critique of capitalism. Finally, Marx adopts historical determinism to support his view which has proven to be flawed. The claim that the bourgeoisie produces its own gravediggers is based on circumstantial …show more content…
The selection I will focus on Marx describes as the "estrangement of man from man". (Marx, 414). Marx believes that with the rise of capitalism and the estrangement of man from labor one result is the estrangement of man from man.
An immediate consequence of the fact that man is estranged from the product of his labor, from his life activity, from his species being is the estrangement of man from man. When man confronts himself, he confronts other man. What applies to a man's relation to his work, to the product of his labor and to himself, also holds of a man's labor and object of labor. In fact, the proposition that man's species nature is estranged from him means that one man is estranged from the other…(Marx, 414). The fact that man is estranged from man logically creates a problem for a unification of the proletariat class. How is it possible to organize a successful rebellion when men are separated from one another? In addition, the proletariat work ethic, in the Marx era, was approximately sixteen hour work days and enough time to come home and sleep. Where could one person or a multiple number of people have time to delegate and organize a social reformation? Marx seems to avoid this fact and base his assumption on the fact that the preconditions are set therefore a rebellion must take place. This kind of assumption is false, it would follow then that

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