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It has been said that Karl Marx wrote his theories concerning socialism from a liberal starting point This essay will discuss this possibility in relation to socialism and if Marxs theories would in fact create a conflict free world There are two main areas within this question firstly the differences and similarities between socialism and liberalism and how it is possible to write one from the starting point of the other and secondly whether socialism if followed properly would in fact cause conflict to cease To understand the similarities and differences between liberalism and socialism and to better understand whether Marx did in fact right from a liberal perspective authors such as Kamenka Swingewood Sargent Spiegal and Wehling and Marx will be used The second part of the question regarding the conflict free world requires not only ideological study to show what this means but also an exploration into the reality of conflict resolutions and how this affects Marxs theories on socialism For this section authors such as Galbraith Neuman Western Furze and Stafford and Marx will be used to expound both ideological and actual projections of the outworking of a conflict free world Marx equates the rise of liberal thought with the rise of capitalism stating that feudal exploitation became transformed into capitalist exploitation noting that the industrialist capitalists wanted to displace the guild masters and the feudal lords both parties that previously held the wealth This exploitation however when seen from a liberal perspective is a natural and essential quality that helps society to function and is not seen as exploitation at all rather as a free exchange of equivalents labour for wages However this equitable trade has a side effect of ensuring that bureaucracies remain in power because they control the resources These capitalist burghers or richer merchants of the time who now possessed the financial means developed a political system wherein they could attain still more wealth and as a
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