Six Stages Of Political Revolution

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Karl Mark and Friedrich Engels were well known German philosophers who worked together throughout their entire adult lives, and who were regarded as the founders of the socio-economical ideology called “Marxism”. Among their many influential written pieces was the infamous pamphlet, The Communist Manifesto, which set out to explain why they believed a communist revolution was bound to happen. They argued that the foundation of any society’s political and intellectual history is the economic production and structure of that society. They further argued that history shows there is the repetitive issue of class struggles between those who are exploited and oppressed and those who are dominant and exploiting, with each struggle eventually drastically…show more content…
The first three stages are considered to have long come to pass; those being primitive tribalism/slave society, primitive communism, and feudalism/estate property. The fourth stage, capitalism, is what Marx and Engels considered the middle of the nineteenth century to have been in. Though each of the first four stages creates a new class, creates a new invention, or raises the standard of living, they eventually lead to their own downfall because of the constant class antagonisms that are ever present. Stage five, socialism, occurs when the last oppressive class is overthrown by the proletariat and society as a whole is put under the proletariat’s dictatorship. The destructive conflicts between competing capitalists and nations will be ended, and the need for imperial conquest in order to possess markets and commodities will be ended as well. This leads to the final stage, stage six of the political revolution, which is stateless…show more content…
In order for this “pure communism” to become achieved, several things need to happen. First, all governments, laws, and even nations are to no longer exist. Second, everyone should work for everyone else, so all social classes are to disappear. Third, there is to be no money or private property. Anyone should be able to consume any good for free when needed. Thus, humankind will experience a free market and will not be at the mercy of productive forces. Society will be able to use democracy to plan for their needs, because it is the vast majority now who will own, and thus control, the production

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