Century the wage for many factory workers was minimum

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century, the wage for many factory workers was minimum wage, defined by Marx as the “quantum of the means of subsistence, which is absolutely requisite to keep the laborer in bare existence as the laborer”. (Marx & Engels p.37) This minimum wage was essentially the only reward that the proletariat workers received for their labor, with the rest of the products of their labor going towards the betterment of the bourgeoisies. In Marx’s and Engels’ communist society, the accumulated labor of the laborers and the products of that labor are “but a means to widen, to enrich, to promote the existence of the laborer” (Marx & Engels p.37) However, the “communism” put into practice by Stalin and the Soviets in no way represented this ideal set by Marx and Engel. Rather, Stalin took the products of his people’s labor and fed them directly into the state, without redistributing the products back to the laborers for the enrichment of the laborers. Instead Stalin used the fruits of his people’s labor to strengthen his own totalitarian gripso that he may use the power to eliminate anyone who might oppose him. He expanded the power of the secret police, while encouraging the Soviet people to spy on one another. Any who opposed him were either killed or sent to the gulag, ultimately leading to the deaths of millions of his own people.In The Communist Manifesto, Marx and Engel state that in order to attain its own politicalends, the bourgeoisie is “compelled to set the whole proletariat in motion, and is moreover yet, for a time, able to do so”. (Marx & Engels p.26) The bourgeoisie is able to maintain control of
the proletariat through means of deception. To satisfy the laborers of the proletariat, the ruling class rewards them for their labors with capital in the form of the previously discussed wage based labor. This allows the bourgeoisie to sacrifice very little product to satisfy the workers, andinstead keep the majority to bolster their own power. Stalin imposed a system of governance that greatly resembles this bourgeoisie controlled capitalist society. However, unlike the capitalist system, Stalin utilized force and fear as a means to “set the whole proletariat in motion”. The

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