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Marxs theory suggests that capitalism is a product of historical and material production that is organized around material survival The capitalist system focuses primarily on the building of capital and profit competition and the function of private property In turn this system creates the worker whose sole source of livelihood is the sale of his labor power and the class of purchasers or capitalist class Marx 1978 205 Also by valuing capital the system augments competition among workers forcing them to survive with minimal wages The worker is forced to sell their labor to another person in order to secure the necessary means of subsistence and in fact survive Marx 1978 204 The desire or need to obtain wages and participate in material consumption is a major function of capitalism This human desire fuels the false consciousness the worker obtains in following the guidelines set by capitalists False consciousness is essentially a product of capitalist economies where capital--in this case human capital--has value and dreams of improvement are tangible The value that a worker may bring to a job is considered human capital and is measured in education Since we live in a post-industrial society we are hired based on merits or education rather than time we can offer The structure of false consciousness is still alive today and is especially evident in the fact that a decent job requires human capital at the collegiate level The higher education system in the United States is a perfect contemporary example of various aspects of Marxs macro theory The idea that the American higher education system creates better social and economic opportunities for students is a manifestation of false consciousness established by the capitalist system In modern American society it is assumed that by obtaining a BA success and possible transcendence of class is obtainable This transcendence of class could also result in the establishment of a better social and individual life Many students select
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