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Marxist Revolution in America?

December 10, 2010

“We have seen above, that the first step in the revolution by the working class is to raise the proletariat to the position of ruling class, to win the battle of democracy” (Marx and Engels pg 808).
Marx and Engels describe through their writings the idea of a revolution; that the proletarians would raise up against the bourgeoisie. In many countries this has been the case and it has been evident that the proletariats of that nation have and will continue to rise up against the bourgeoisie. This may hold true in other countries but here in America, with the state of our current economy and class system, we will never see a revolution or such rebellion as seen in other countries.
Marx believes that a revolution will come about because of the abuse that the proletariats face from the bourgeoisie. The bourgeoisie control the means of production; therefore they hold control over the proletariats and the way they work. The proletariats are inevitably working for the bourgeoisie. “The proletariat will use its political supremacy to wrest, by degrees, all capital from the bourgeoisie, to centralize all the instruments of production in the hands of the state” (Marx and Engels pg 808).
In America this system of class struggle is also eminent. There will always be some sort of class structure which will inevitably lead to class struggles. Marx and Engels describe the proletariat taking the power and controlling the economy and state of the nation, but in America through all the class struggle it is hard to ever imagine the proletariat, or working class, try to take over control from the bourgeoisie. In America our political system, though at times may be certainly flawed, doesn’t always curtail all of their agenda to the proletariat, but it does make accommodations. Conditions for the proletariat of America may not be ideal and certainly aren’t the best in the world, but our capitalistic government does have programs implemented to help bear the burden of the proletariat. Through government programs like welfare and Medicaid our government does react out the proletariat. Our capitalistic system does not completely abandon the proletariat in ways that Marx describes. Sure, the bourgeoisie does still control the economy, but the conditions are not that of a third world country, therefore America will never face such a revolution that Marx and Engels describe.

One Comment
  1. Andrew Lainf permalink
    December 10, 2010 5:13 PM

    Although i agree that an uprising like that of the french revolution will not occur in our present day America. At home the revolution has taken place in democracy. As seen in modern elections, a candidate cannot win if he/she proposes cuts in welfare programs that people depend on. The american working class has the power of the ballot rather than the revolution. I believe Franklin said something along the lines of “Democracy has to be more than two wolves and a sheep deciding whats for dinner”

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