Karl Marx on The Industrial Revolution
An exploration of Karl Marx’s views on the Industrial Revolution as outlined in `The Communist Manifesto` of 1848
This paper explores Karl Marx’s candid views on capitalism, socialism and the industrial revolution, as seen in his “Communist Manifesto” of 1848, as well as how more personal issues such as religion, human nature, and morality relate to these changes.
“In the Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx and Fredierich Engels created a very clear picture of what they envisioned as the perfect society. Written in 1848, at a time of upheaval and political uncertainty in Europe, the Communist Manifesto was intended to clearly outline the ideas and proposals of the fledgling Communist parties cropping up across Europe at the time (Giddens, 1973). Yet Marx’s allegedly logical basis for understanding the impact of political, economic and religious structures is in direct opposition to the applications of these elements in the ideal world that is envisioned within the morally grounded Christian perspective (Schmitt, 1997).”