Karl Marx Essay

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Economic and Philosophic Karl Marx (1844) Karl Marx is known as one of the founders of communism and sociology. He was a controversial, (so controversial that he was exiled from his Germany home country) theorist who dealt in philosophy, economics and sociology. He is one of the greatest social thinkers of his time. Marx believed that we needed social change to create a better society and to get social change, class conflict is necessary. The manuscript on Economic and Philosophic covers a large range of topics, such as Communism and money. It was best known for it accounts of alienation theory. Marx believed that capitalism and alienation are inseparable. The four parts of alienation are alienation of the worker from work, alienation of the worker from working, alienation of the worker from himself and alienation of the worker from other workers. Marx asked the question of what constitutes the alienation of labor. He states “First, the fact that labor is external to the worker, i.e., it does not belong to his essential being; that in his work, therefore, he does not affirm himself but denies himself, does not feel content but unhappy, does not develop freely his physical and mental energy but mortifies his body and ruins his mind. The worker there-fore only feels himself outside of his work, and in his work feels outside of himself”. Workers can not control the process of their work because they do not own anything necessary to manufacture any products. The worker not only has to work under the capitalist, but they have to leave the product that they manufactured. This causes alienation from his work.(Marx, 1844, page 49) Marx talked about the capitalist and the workers or the haves and have nots. “It is true that labor produces for the rich wonderful things-but for the worker it produces privation. It produces palaces-but for the workers, hovels. It

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