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Gas prices setting new classes.

April 16, 2011

I don’t know if this is the BIGGEST stretch in the world but when I was reading the communist manifest early this week I was thinking about Oil and the U.S. Marx states that there will always be, “new forms of struggle in place of old ones” (Chapter 1). New innovations catalyze even newer class distinctions. At first, man probably had class distinctions based off of survival the fittest, but times have changed. Nowadays, society is based off of money and to be more select, oil. America has developed a large dependency on oil producing countries, which in return has catalyzed class distinctions in regards to countries. In modern society, oil can be categorized as a driving force that has developed distinctions between the U.S. and the oil rich countries. One can even go the distance and say that the U.S. can be categorized as the proletariats and oil rich countries the bourgeousie. Marx makes clear that, “the need for a constantly expanding market for its products chases the bourgeoisie over the entire surface of the globe. It must nestle everywhere, settle everywhere, and establish connections everywhere” (Chapter 1). So it makes sense that the rich oil countries would sell their high demand good to the whole world. The way that they hold oil from certain countries “compels all nations, on pain of extinction, to adopt the bourgeois mode of production; it compels them to introduce what it calls civilization into their midst, i.e., to become bourgeois themselves. In one word, it creates a world after its own image” (Chapter 1) We Americans work hard to pay for oil which generates power to our cars and other necessities in society. We are very vulnerable if the gas prices go up or down depending how the oil countries sell the product to us. We are slaves to these countries because we are obsessed with working and obtaining the good. But Marx states that, these oil rich countries “bring disorder into the whole of bourgeois society, endanger the existence of bourgeois property” (chapter 1). However, I don’t necessarily agree with him on that. I think it would be very hard for the proletariat to overcome such a bourgeousie with so much power over them. Oil is such a scarce and in demand product in the world right now. Therefore it would be very hard to overcome the higher class when they have what the proletariats want.

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