communist manifesto - Heather Fackelman A Plan with Flaws...

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Heather Fackelman A Plan with Flaws Karl Marx, philosopher and economist, and Frederick Engels, philosopher and political scientist, found that they were displeased with the unending class struggle between the proletariats and the bourgeoisie. In an attempt to improve living conditions for the much oppressed proletariats, they produced one of the most well-known works of twentieth century, The Communist Manifesto, in which they offer a political alternative that would supposedly solve the problems society was facing. After not only defending the view of communism, but also denouncing major aspects of capitalism, Marx and Engels provide a list summarizing the goals and intentions of a communist society. Some of these, such as “free education for all children…” are well-supported, justified propositions, seeking to reverse the “[transformation of] children into simple articles of commerce and instruments of labor” ( Manifesto pg 27). Others seem to be goals with no means of attainment. Marx and Engels propose vague principles, causing questions to arise as to their specific goals. They list guidelines that could potentially lead to the same corruption they attempt to eliminate. They even go on to contradict themselves in later adjustments of these proposals. While communism could potentially resolve many of the conflicts surrounding their society, there are fundamental flaws that cannot be overlooked. While Marx and Engels go to great lengths to explain and support their views, there are small details that are unclear. However, these minor elements could change the entire context of the intended meaning behind these proposals. The seventh guideline 1
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proposes “the bringing of cultivation of waste lands…in accordance with a common plan,” yet the “common plan” is never explained or even mentioned anywhere else in the manifesto ( Manifesto pg. 30). While this plan could merely imply an agreement to which the “heads of the state” come, the reader cannot assume anything.
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