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Throughout the world today the lives of millions of people are governed by what Karl Marx said In the brief period since his death his doctrines have exercised an almost unparalleled influence Both Karl Marx and Friedrich Engel a fellow philosopher put together the famous Communist Manifesto which was published in 1848 This was by far the most extraordinary book written by Marx The social classes as defined by Marx are the bourgeois which are only made up of two percent of people on earth Bourgeois have enough people and products working for them that they do not need to work hence they are extremely wealthy Petite bourgeois are small business owners who own property andor sources to generate a circulating supply of money however they must work to earn their living as well An example of the petite bourgeois is the dentist He must go to work everyday to earn his share yet he has the receptionist and his helper who are proletariats Without the dentist himself the firm would not hold hence he is needed Proletariats or the working class make up the bulk of a countrys population Lumpens are the people that do not work and own no property or goods An example of a Lumpen is a homeless for he owns no property and has no source of money generation Most of the social structure is made up of the petite bourgeois and the proletariats The social classes that make up a class pyramid are measured by things that a person owns land machinery workers that make money commodity A commodity is the end product of what a product is capable and willing to make Everything from a person to machinery is a commodity A car for example is a commodity it has to keep its wheels turning once the car is no longer used the car stops being a commodity You are a commodity you must get
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