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Tim Horgan Cont Soc Reflection Karl Marx believed that a major revolution was in the future for the Western world Exactly how far in the future remains to be seen but many would argue that capitalism is as strong as it ever was and no class conflict will occur I believe the reason that no major conflict has yet occurred can be attributed to Webers idea of bureaucratization as described in The McDonaldization of Society In bureaucracies every movement by an employee is a calculated one There is a rule for every situation and every employee must abide by the rules Doing this allows bureaucracies to be extremely large yet efficient and more importantly profitable These systems however dehumanize people and that is part of what Karl Marx fears When workers are dehumanized and alienated they become restless and unhappy Today however it is not only the lower class laborers who are being affected White-collar workers as well must fall into line when working for a large corporate bureaucracy It has become the way of life for almost everyone Work is work Everyone has to fall into line Since the distinction now between those workers alienated and those who are not is a very blurred line a class conflict would be difficult to see coming Another reason that this conflict may never come is because of the positive sides of a bureaucratic world In this world many unskilled workers can get a decent job with a decent amount of responsibility attached to it and make a decent pay check All they can do is decent but that is better than not being able to do anything Secondly because of the bureaucracies and the good wages they provide for unskilled workers many more products are available to all people The bureaucracies allow for mass production of many products and with many people making a steady paycheck they can afford something that would be extremely expensive
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