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Communistic Capitalism

             Marx's vision of a communistic society has helped to pave the way for a better capitalistic system. While some of his communistic principles were instituted by certain societies, the fulfillment of his entire philosophy is impractical. For instance, Marx's Communist Manifesto opens with the words, "The history of all hitherto societies has been the history of class struggles." (pg. 473) This seems to be an inevitable conflict that continues to plague society throughout history, even today. In describing his communistic state, he considers the bourgeoisie as the negative influence dividing society. The proletariat is characterized as the positive force in uniting everyone and eliminating such conflict. Today the class struggle in the United States drives society to succeed. The U.S. system has evolved, and while having its own shortcomings, has adopted some of Marx's principles and integrated them into their society. Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal was instrumental in establishing communistic beliefs like worker rights. The recent failure of communism in the Soviet Union supports how Marx's vision is not proven. The system of communism and capitalism both have their faults, but it seems some of Marx's vision is responsible for the evolution and survival of capitalism.
             Marx describes his vision of history, focusing on the progression and destruction of the bourgeoisie. Before the bourgeoisie rose to prominence, society is organized according to a feudalistic order run by aristocratic landowners and corporate guilds. With the discovery of America and the following expansion of economic markets, a new manufacturing class arises. This class began taking control of international and domestic trade by producing goods more efficiently than the guilds. With their growing economic powers, this class also began to gain political power, destroying the remainder of the old feudal society seeking to restrict their ambition.

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