I’m a big fan of Russell Brand, and this is an article he wrote in 2011 about the riots that occurred in London during the summer of that year. This article as well as the riots themselves came to my mind when studying the concepts of the bourgeoisie and the proletariat.
This article connects Karl Marx’s ideas with what it happening contemporarily. It is intriguing to see that writings of another time can still apply perfectly to what is happening today. Currently there isn’t an actual revolution occurring but using the understanding of revolution provided by Marx as ‘a change in means of production’, we become aware that each country is revolutionizing their ways in order to become the bourgeoisie of all other countries. In this case the article explains how China has the deepest rooted influence in terms of profits and stability.
In the Communist Manifesto, I found many interesting ideas that I agree with. I found many different interpretation and understanding of it. I think finding articles that go against your own ideas and values are helpful in that they give a new perspective and sometimes strengthen your values even more.
I came across another blog where the author, Aaron Opine, did a summary and analysis of the Communist Manifesto. In his analysis he wrote, “Bourgeoisie get their wealth from the Workers. Really? This is like saying economies grow by government spending from taxation. In order for the Bourgeoisie to gain wealth from the Workers they would have to pay them as much, or more, than their gross sales.” I thought this statement is interesting because I interpreted this differently. I felt Karl Marx was stating that there is class struggle and that is evident in our society. A lump sum of people has control of the means of production. But the products that are being produced exist only through the proletariat labor power. Check out this blog for more.