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The Working Class Essay

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Karl Marx once said “Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor is sucks” (Karl Marx Quotes). Marx is well known as the Father of Communism, but now that the cold war is over and Communism is but a theory of government for a few countries, we can study Karl Marx as a visionary of his time, who foresaw how capitalism would grow out of control. With the used of religion, government laws and capitalism the wealthy will always reach out to control the masses.
Karl Marx defined history through economic class struggle. He argued that society was divided between the bourgeoisie (middle class, business owners, and capitalists) and the proletariat (wage workers). His belief was that the bourgeoisie grew wealthier and the wealthier by exploiting the proletariat. He also believed that wage workers were always paid less than the true value of their work, defining the difference between the value of the wage and the value of the goods produced. Over time the frustration over exploitation would result in class wars between the proletariat who believed the surplus value belonged to them and the bourgeoisie who were not willing to give up their profits. In the end revolution was the inevitable result by the endless exploitation of the workers by the capitalists. Karl Marks was talking about his time in age, but we are starting to see some of these ideas come to light in our own era. An example is “Occupy Wall Street” which is a protest against social and economic inequality. This protest highlights the high unemployment, greed, corruption, and the undue influence of corporations that mainly deal with financial services, and their ties with the government. The working classes are demanding more equal distribution of income, bank reform, and a reduction of the influence of corporations in government. Karl Marks would have said this was the bourgeoisie verses the proletariat, but I would have to say we would need to redefine this as the working classes (wage workers, middle class, and small business owners) versus the large corporations and the extremely wealthy. With only one percent of the population controlling a majority of the wealth, they are in turn controlling the government to protect said such wealth. Take the United States Congress for example, “according to a roll call analysis of U.S. Congress members’ financial disclosure forms, the collective net worth of American lawmakers jumped twenty five percent to over two billion dollars in just the last two years, with fifty percent of the richest Congressmen and women accounting for ninety percent of the increase” (Ambani, 2012). These wealthy lawmakers are deciding what is best for our small businesses, taxes and budgets. The question that I ask myself is, are the Congressmen and women taking these positions to gain wealth or to protect the wealth that they already have?
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