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Drew Geolot Government 161 Basak Gazioglu April 23, 2004 Karl Marx was one of the most radical thinkers of modern time and his ideas on the political structure and the class struggle had a lasting impact on world history. In the Communist Manifesto, which he co-wrote with Fredrich Engals, illustrates the goals of communism and argues that class conflict is the driving force behind history. His ideas on modern socialism are now commonly known as Marxism and this type of political system has been adopted by many countries to varying extents. In the Communist Manifesto, Marx and Engals analyze the class structure of society. They argue that the division of labor creates a permanent underclass of workers who hold very political power. This leads to a class conflict between this underclass, called the proletariat, and the wealthy upper-class, called the bourgeoisie, that oppresses the underclass. Capitalism is not compatible with this unbalanced relationship between the two classes and a revolution is in order. Building on the ideas of fellow German
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This note was uploaded on 09/26/2007 for the course GOVT 1615 taught by Professor Hendrix,b during the Spring '06 term at Cornell.

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