Karl Marx and Wal Mart
When we think of the well-known private employer “Wal-Mart” what exactly comes to our minds? We may think of Wal-Mart as being a convenient, useful, low price department store that contains our everyday goods and necessities. On the outside perspective, we are generally appreciative of the fact that Wal-Mart exists and is able provide for our needs. But do we ever think of what happens inside the company? While customers may be happy, the employees can be considered as angry, disappointed, frustrated, and struggling do to harming executive wage decisions. While many employees are getting cut from their full time positions to part-time, they are also getting a decreased pay. In this theoretical application paper, I will be applying the father of conflict theory Karl Marx’s theoretical concepts to a Wal-Mart news article. There are many different theoretical concepts that I will be applying throughout this application essay. These major concepts applied are capitalism, Bourgeoisie, Proletariat, haves, have-nots, exploitation, class consciousness, and objectification.
Capitalism, is among one of the most important concepts and mainframe of this application paper. According to the 2009 film “Capitalism a Love Story,” capitalism is considered as taking and giving, but mostly taking. Capitalism can also be defined as a mode of production that produces profit for the owners (Dillon, 72). It is based on, and ultimately measured by the inequality and competition between the capitalist owners and the wage workers. A major facet of capitalism is constantly making and designing new things then selling afterwards (Dillon, 34).Capitalism has emerged as far back as the middle ages but had fully flowered around the time of the Industrial Revolution when many people were moving from rural to urban areas for job opportunities. At the end of the middle ages, wealth was classified as the material you own rather than the amount of land that you owned (Dillon, 35). This was also around the time where two classes emerged, otherwise known as the “Bourgeoisie” and the “Proletariat” which I will further explain (Dillon, 33).
These two classes known as the Bourgeoisie and Proletariat emerged due to conflict between the Aristocrats and the non-land owners. The Bourgeoisie, known as the capitalist class or ruling class, own the means of production, while the Proletariat are the wage workers who have to fulfill the capitalist demands of the Bourgeoisie (Dillon 72). This constant conflict between the Bourgeoisie and the Proletariat can also be compared to the ongoing conflict between the “haves” and the “have-nots.”
The haves of society, is self-explanatory. These are the people who have the money, and control the working class. They basically have what they want and need and don’t have to work their way up the hierarchal ladder. The have-nots of society, are quite the contrary. They are the ones who are constantly fighting for rights and being...