The opressivness of Captialism Essay

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The opressivness of Captialism




Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels lived in an interesting time. The world around these two
men had changed rapidly during the years prior to their birth and after their birth.
People were forced to reconsider the structure of their societies and the way individuals
were treated by society. Marx and Engels dealt directly with this problem. Their
theories dealt directly with the new economic realities of a rapidly industrializing
Europe. Their beliefs were grounded in a class struggle between the people who owned the
means of production, the bourgeoisie, and those people who were exploited by the
bourgeoisie, the proletariat. Their proposed plan was to ameliorate the problems
associated with the new economic arrangement.

A point has been made that a great number of changes had occurred in Europe before Marx
and Engels wrote the Communist Manifesto. The Communist Manifesto was written to combat
these new forces. A manifesto is a set of definitions that define how the world runs and
who is involved. It classifies people into groups to allow them to identify their allies
and enemies. It also states the goals of a political movement. Karl Marx and Friedrich
Engels collaborated to write this document for the Communist League, which met in London
during the latter part of 1847 and early part of 1848. It was meant to define the
historical circumstances that led to the development of the modern era and the eventual
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