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Karl Marx's Vision of History

Wage labor rests exclusively on competition between the laborers" (Marx 2005, part I). Thus, the bourgeoisie have a vested interest in maintaining the proletariat as a divided entity that competes within itself.

As the bourgeoisie consolidated its hold on power in the dawn of capitalism, however, the proletariat emerged even worse off than they had been. According to Marx, as the capitalist system expanded and became reliant on the use of machines, "the work of the proletarians has lost all individual character, and, consequently, all charm for the workman. He becomes an appendage of the machine, and it is only the most simple, most monotonous, and most easily acquired knack, that is required of him" (Marx 2005, part I). According to Marx, then, the workers have, famously, become alienated from the fruits of their labor through the mechanization of the means of production. As the proletariat first becomes conscious of the problems inherent to capitalist production, they focus their resistance and struggle on the forms of production rather than the system itself...

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