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Karl Marx - Revealing History’s Meaning Introduction 1818-1883 Worked with Friedrich Engels Some see him as the most influential philosopher of the past millennium Although he coauthored The Communist Manifesto , he does not share all of those views Marx spends much of his life in exile – is too revolutionary for the powers in charge Background cont. Marx is not a philosopher – is a political activist – wants change NOW Shifts from a focus on ideas to a focus on the material Specifically – forces of production and relations of production Forces include labor, tools, technology, nature, etc. Relations include class structure, legal system, political system, etc. Marx’s Problem Three major revolutions had occurred – but the condition of the common man had not much improved Economically – the industrial revolution had created a large proletariat – working class Politically – government seemed to support business Horrible social consequences – people have given up rural existence for ugly cities Child labor – horrible treatment of all labor
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