scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 697
Karl Marx and Marxism Karl Marx set the wheels of modern Communism and Socialism in motion with his writings in the late nineteenth century In collaboration with his friend Heinrich Engels he produced the The Communist Manifesto written in 1848 Many failed countries political and socio-economic structures have been based on Marxs theories for example the USSR East Germany etc Many people believe that Marxism is not applicable to todays society as Karl Marx put forward his ideas not anticipating the type of society we have today The welfare state system has effectively nullified Marxs arguments and made them irrelevant Karl Marx born on May 5 1818 died on March 14 1883 was a German economist philosopher and revolutionist whose writings form the basis of the body of ideas known as Marxism In his youth he was deeply affected by the philosophy of GWF Hegel and joined a rebel group called the Young Hegelians which contributed ideas towards the movement against organized religion and the Prussian Autocracy Later on in life he was influenced by the writings of Ludwig Feuerbach who wrote that God was invented by humans as a projection of their own ideals and that in creating such a perfect being in contrast to themselves mankind lowered themselves to lowly evil creatures who needed guidance from the church and government He said that in creating God in their own image humans had alienated themselves from themselves Karl Marx applied this alienation theory to private property which he said caused humans to work only for themselves not for the good of their species The idea is further explained in the following sentences The people who do the work in a capitalistic society own none of the means of production ie machines raw produce etc that they use in their work These are owned by the capitalists to whom the workers must sell their
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA