February, 2012

Karl Marx Blog Assignment

The theoretical perspective of Karl Marx’s idea has made him one of the most influential people in this world. He always believed the idea of making a change and having a ‘self-correcting’, yet ‘progressive’ attitude in how the world revolves politically, economically and socially. We all know that from Karl Marx’s political views, many governments did not like the fact that he was against their authority while feeling intimidated by his wisdom. In his writing of the Communist Manifesto, he believes that capitalism is one of the modes of production that would work but would undergo its process of both positive and negative effects.

                Karl Marx would prove his point with the article of “Super Pacs”  where wealthy people such as Harold Simmons shows an unfair balance of power and wealth being distributed in this world. The fact that Simmons is a wealthy individual, this gives him the clear authority and power to have things done his way because of the disparity in distributing the wealth. Simmons’ help of massive contributions in presidential races and campaigns describes the term what Marx call Bourgeoisie, where the wealthy have power over the Proletarians (the workers). Karl Marx would argue that this far gap of the wealthy and the workers is a great comparison to what he labeled as the Bourgeoisie and the Proletarians. This can be compared to the structure of the society in how capitalism will take control and present the disparity of the distribution of wealth.

                Adding on to Karl Marx’s theoretical perspective, the article of “Labor Group: Apple has comparatively decent record in China, but could do more” will lead Karl Marx having many great things to say. First, he never liked the Industrial Revolution to begin with. He knew that the working conditions and the long hours with a low pay leads to the exploitation of the workers. In this article, this situation is the prime example of  exploitation because the factories of China are producing  thousands of Apple products every day from Ipads, Macs and Iphones. In order to maximize their profits, they pay low wages and continue to add surplus value into their products. This article shows that the “poor working conditions, labor law violations and widespread environmental contamination” is compared to similarly to the sweatshops New York’s Chinatown (Kivisto 19). Although the working conditions are horrible, people are working in sweatshops to earn some income. Under these horrible conditions, Karl Marx would constitute these conditions and labor law violations to what he calls as the ‘alienation of the labour’. He is definitely against this type of business manufacturing but many people can see why the world revolves around this type of business. Although this is what people call Americans’ consumer culture, China as an economy is benefiting from this situation.

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