Subject Government and Politics Government and Politics - Other


Are you persuaded that human history is the history of class conflict, that the struggle between and among classes is what makes history?
Explain why or why not, with reference to the assigned readings."

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Marx and Engels in the Manifesto of the Communist Party claimed that “the history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.” (Marx and Engels, 1848) This is a pessimistic and narrow perception of the history of humankind. Infact, this understanding of history is limited to a certain period of history as well as geographical area, mainly Europe. This essay, drawing upon the substantial experiences of the U.S. history, challenges the Marxist perspective—dichotomous society, constant clashes between property owning and property-less classes, oppression by the capitalists, unity of proletariat to overthrow of the capitalist system to establish communist system. On the contrary, the capitalist system in the U.S., based on the liberal democracy, has witnessed the assimilation of the workers, not only from within the country, but also from pouring in of migrant workers from different parts of the world....

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