Thomspon, Hobsbawm and Clark – Marxism

No other historical perspective has influenced historiographical discourse in such contested terms. Many historians have written in the vein and spirit of Marxist belief; however, conceptual schisms have manifested between self-avowed Marxist historians who stretch the ideas of Marx, that have-fragmented the established bonds and orthodoxy of Marxist methodology. Theoretical Marxism, at-its core, is more … Read more

Exploring Marxism in Blade Runner: How Social Classes are Showcased in Ridley Scott's Classic Film

 The Marxist Views of Blade Runner Dylan Caudill Blade runner, Ridley Scott’s masterpiece, is an often misunderstood piece.  I will be diving into the films roots, focusing on the Marxist views that underlie this intricate plot full of murder and suspense. Blade Runner is a well-directed film with several subliminal hints hidden throughout, showing … Read more

Marx Exposes How Capitalism Breeds Exploitation of Working Class

 Within Capital, written by one Karl Marx, he argues that capitalism, in all of it’s forms, create a cycle of exploitation from which the system itself cannot be separated from. This exploitation, as described by Marx, will lead to the downfall of the nation or state itself, even despite the numerous regulations. The Marxian … Read more

Explore Marx's Theory & How Capitalism Affects Social Structures

 Evan Rambo Legal Studies 103 Professor Lieberman 8 October 2018 Marx Paper     Karl Marx believes fundamentally in the ideology of communism, which strives for common ownership of means of production, eliminating social classes. Conversely capitalism depends on trade and property being controlled by private owners, where assets are invested to create more profit. … Read more

Explore How Marx's Theory of Division of Power Shows Effects of Alienation on Working Class

 As the great amount of people we are, we tend to classify ourselves in many groups depending on common characteristics. This could be race, ethnicity, similar social background, cultural aspects, and more, one individual can be part of many groups because they can overlap with each other. However, when we talk about division of … Read more

Karl Marx’s Influence & Theories of Communism Through The Communist Manifesto

 The Communist Manifesto was written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. It was published on February 21st, 1848 in London, England. The book was published in many different languages, for example German, Flemish, Danish, etc. We are learning about the Industrial Revolution in class, and within the Industrial Revolution is the birth of new … Read more

Evaluating the Realist & Marxist Challenges of Climate Change: A Comparative Critique

 This essay will be a comparative critique of the two articles written by Foster, Bellamy and Clark titled "Ecological imperialism: The curse of capitalism."  and Nordas and Gleditsch ‘Climate Change and Conflict’, Climate change refers to the shifting in weather patterns as well as temperatures. Over the 20th and 21st century significant upsurge in … Read more

Marx – link between alienation and capitalism

Marx’s contempt for the capitalist society of which he was surrounded in is seen clearly in his Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts written in 1844. These focus on the issue of alienated labour of which engulfs the early industrialist society he lives in. For Marx, the link between alienation and capitalism is inherent due to the … Read more

The Marxist Lens

Thesis: In the novel Candide, Voltaire uses the struggles of the protagonist, Candide, to demonstrate the effects of the rigid class structure during this era, while also showing the consequences these strict standards can cause. Annotated Bibliography Berg-Pan, R. World Literature Today, vol. 51, no. 1, 1977, pp. 170–170. JSTOR, The theory of Marxism, … Read more

Evaluate Marx’s critique of capitalism, theory of alienation and Historical Materialism

Marx’s critiques of capitalism extend beyond merely an economic basis, rather encapsulating and influencing political and philosophical thought of German idealism. As a result, the influence of Marx should not be trivialised – his works influencing and shaping academia, revolutions and state regimes since their inception. Marx’s dialectical materialism “counters the theory of knowledge as … Read more

A Marxist criticism on The Importance of Being Earnest

“Excuse me Geoffrey, could you get me some more water. I’m terribly thirsty, and the weather out here isn’t doing any good for my complexion,” declares the man as he sighs in exhaustion. “Right away sir, anything else?” proclaims the servant. “No that will be all.” says the man as he waves off the servant. … Read more

Law, morality, and freedom – Marx and Engels

Law, morality, and freedom were interpreted by Marx and Engels as invariably an instrument of class dominance. They begin by laying out the history of oppression starting with the “freeman and slave, patrician and plebian, lord and serf…oppressor and oppressed, stood in constant opposition to one another, carried on an uninterrupted, now hidden, now open … Read more

Marx & Foucault's Perspectives on Health Resource Center Ethnography at St. Louis University

 The Health Resource Center Ethnography – Views of Marx and Foucault The Saint Louis University Health Resource Center is located on 1408 N Kingshighway Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63113 in the Victor Roberts Building. The Health Resource Center is a free clinic operated by medical students at Saint Louis University School of Medicine under … Read more

Marx's Influence in "The Great Gatsby

 Within the following paragraphs I will analyze the use of Marxism in ‘The Great Gatsby”. While reading this book through a marxist critical lens, I discovered that many examples in the text work together to show the Marxist theory, of how everything relates back to wealth and financial status, reflecting on the economic experiences … Read more

BBC Masters of Money by Karl Marx

After watching the documentary BBC Masters of Money- Karl Marx, it gave me an overall understanding of Marx’s approach on capitalism and how he perceived it on an economic basis. It is stated numerous times throughout the documentary that he did not support capitalism, and overall his best argument against capitalism was that it was … Read more

Karl Marx: Detailing Class Conflict & Free Enterprise's Limitations

 Karl Marx Karl Marx trusted free enterprise will definitely swing to communism. This suggests his conviction that free enterprise contains inside itself conditions that would be unfavorable to its own reality, factors which would in the long run prompt the populace to receive a communist method of living. Truth be told, Marx gathered that … Read more

Compare and contrast Marx and Weber’s theories of social change

Karl Marx (1818 – 1883) and Max Weber (1864 – 1920) have often been regarded as the founding fathers of interpretive sociology, or of the social action approach within sociology. Marx and Weber’s characteristics of modern societies were different. Marx stressed capitalism and class conflict and Weber stressed rationalisation and bureaucracy.  Marx and Weber identified problems within modern society.  Marx … Read more

How might Marx and Engle’s ideas affect society?

“The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggle.” This is the first line in infamous The Communist Manifesto written by Karl Marx and Frederick Engel’s. This one line summarizes the direct motivation for why they formed the Communist party. They have observed how clashes between various social and economic classes … Read more

Marxist Feminism and Marxism on state (draft)

Introduction State is perceived as an abstraction (Edelman, 1964: 1). There is no exact concept about definition of state. However, this conceptual abstraction of state merely can be interrogated using different theoretical approaches in order to explain the role of the state (Hay, Lister, 2006: 4). Dunleavy and O’Leary (1987) divided the definition of state … Read more

To what extent did the FARC take advantage of the black market in Colombia in order to carry out and eventually achieve their Marxist/Leninist political goals

Introduction Drugs, kidnapping, violence, success. Usually it is the first three words that are supposed to go together excluding the fourth one, but the world is a peculiar place where no amount of logic or reasoning can truly break down why seemingly contradictory things happen. To what extent do these things work together and why … Read more

Locke’s liberal principles and values/Marx’s challenges

Locke’s liberal principles and values can be summarized in how he described natural law. According to him, “reason, which is that law, teaches all mankind… that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions” in his Book II, § 6 (Olivecrona 212) His views, however, … Read more

Marx’s argument from alienation/David Schweickart’s model of economic democracy

As per Marx, alienation is separating the employees from their work as well as separating the labor goods from the laborers. The two ends up in the control of the employers who control and dominate these critical factors of production. Marx also discovered how the states were dealing with the interest of those who owned … Read more

Karl Marx and social inequality

Karl Marx and social inequality. Marx was born in Prussia in May 1818 and was one of nine other children born to his mother and father, Heinrich and Henriette. Marx eventually was baptized as a Lutheran, as he believed Protestantism came with an equal intellectual freedom ( eds, 2015). The work and ideas of Karl … Read more

Critically account for the continuing relevance of Marxist sociology

Critically account for the continuing relevance of Marxist sociology. For many, the debate continues as to whether Marxist sociology is still relevant in today’s society. Introduced by Karl Marx, Marxism focuses on class inequality and the exploitation faced by the lower classes at the hands of the ruling class in a capitalist society. The work … Read more

Review of Marx – Capital (chapters 3 – 6 of volume 1)

Karl Marx was one of the most exemplary and influential characters with reference to the evolution of the communist ideology in the 19th century. With the “Communist Manifesto” and the three volumes “Capital: Critique of Political Economy” he has created a new ideology, Marxism, which undermined western societies based on private property and personal wealth … Read more

Theoretical Comparison of Karl Marx and Max Weber Term Paper

Theoretical Comparison of Karl Marx and Max Weber Term Paper Introduction Karl Marx, a German philosopher and sociologist was extremely influential intellectual thinker of his time. Marx through his use of a dialectical mode of thinking, offered many ideas to sociological thought that shaped much of the intellectual thinking of his time. Marx constructed ideas … Read more


The Soviet Union, as it existed under the principles of Marxism-Leninism, ceased to exist on December 25, 1991, ending what Ken Jowitt calls the “phenomenon of Leninism” and the great Soviet social experiment. The collapse, however, was not a freak phenomenon brought on my sudden shocks to the system. While perestroika, glasnost, and other Gorbachev-era … Read more

William Blake’s ‘Holy Thursday’ poem – Marxist literary criticism

Marxism, a theory developed by German historian Karl Marx, describes the practice of socialism including the class struggle, and dictatorship of the wealthy bourgeoisie over the poorer proletariat in hopes of establishing a classless society. In ‘Holy Thursday’ Blake focuses on the effect of the class structure through the eyes of the impoverished. The title … Read more

Comparing and Contrasting Marx and Lewis Models for Developing Countries – China Examined

 Paste your essay in here…For any two economic growth/development models, briefly describe the model, and carefully compare and contrast its application to any one developing country. Marxism is an economic ideology produced by German philosopher and journalist Karl Marx during the 19th Century. Marx held labour (as a force) with the highest regard, and … Read more

Comparing/Contrasting Marx and Lewis Models and Their Application to China

 For any two economic growth/development models, briefly describe the model, and carefully compare and contrast its application to any one developing country. Marxism is an economic ideology produced by German philosopher and journalist Karl Marx during the 19th Century. Marx held labour (as a force) with the highest regard, and his belief that workers … Read more

Exploring Exploitation with Consumerism in Modern Society – Marx and Beyond

 The objective of this essay is to argue the influences that the mass media has on exploitation within a consumerism society. The essay will focus on consumerism within modern day society and the brands which we consume, looking at exploitation in third world countries, for example the production lines for these brands and how … Read more

Solving Social Problems with Feminism, Liberalism and Marxism: A Summary of Key Ideas

 Many people experience one or more social problems personally. People may be poor, unemployed, in poor health or have many family problems and or alcohol and drug problems. The feminist perspective has much in common with the conflict perspective, however instead of focusing broadly on the unequal distribution of power and resources, feminist sociology … Read more

Religion: Durkheim Vs. Marx – Understanding How Religion Influences Society

 Paste your essay in here…Religious institutions and religions play an integral role in influencing the society and the lives of individuals. The sociological traditions of Durkheim and Karl Marx consider religion entirely different, but they are in agreement that it plays an influential role in the society. Marx often considered religion as the opium … Read more

Exploring Sexual Exploitation by UN Peacekeeping Forces – A Marxist Feminist Perspective

 “In order to escape accountability for his crimes, the perpetrator does everything in his power to promote forgetting. If secrecy fails, the perpetrator attacks the credibility of his victim. If he cannot silence her absolutely, he tries to make sure no one listens.” ~Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence – … Read more

Compare Adam Smith and Karl Marx’s Views on Capitalism: A Deeper Look

 Paste your essay in here…Introduction The following assignment for the module of Business Philosophy is about the two most famous economist in the world: Adam Smith and Karl Marx. Adam Smith was a Scottish economist who is also often considered as the father of capitalism. Karl Marx was a German philosopher and economist based … Read more

The key to understanding the USSR’s unique development lies in origins in the ideology of revolutionary Marxism. Discuss.

Russia’s controversial development during the twentieth century is a popular topic of discussion among historians, because of the drastic and volatile effects that we are still experiencing today. In 1917, unrest amongst the people finally broke out into a revolution, during the ensuing chaos the Bolshevik party seized power. This was the beginning of the … Read more

Marxism, Capitalism and Penal Crisis: How the Prison System Fails to Protect Working Classes

 Marxism views the penal system as inherently flawed, due to the nature of capitalism creating inequality between the bourgeoise and proletariat. Quinney (2002), argued that that criminal law in society gives recognition to powerful influences. This argument flaws the penal system and other institutions as they are run by members of the powerful upper … Read more

Exploring Capitalism vs. Marxism with this Article:​​​​​

 Evaluation of Marxism and Capitalism Marxism is a method of socioeconomic analysis, originating from the mid-to-late 19th century works of German philosophers Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels that analyzes class relations and societal conflict using a materialist interpretation of historical development and a dialectical view of social transformation. Marxist methodology originally used economic and … Read more

5 sociology Q & As: Marx, Weber, Durkheim, Goffman & feminism

What did Marx mean by Historical materialism? Marx’s theory of historical materialism took a methodological approach of the study of society. “Historical entailed the analysis of how particular forms of society had come into existence. Materialism denoted the rejection of Hegelian idealism and the primacy of socio economic processes and relations.” Scott,J. (2014). The difference … Read more

Karl Marx’s Critique of Capitalism: Exploitation, Contradictions & Alienation

 Capitalism was a crucial focus of the analysis and criticism of Karl Marx, with a large portion of his work devoted to the condemnation of the system he found his contemporary society engaged in.  Marx’s theories developed through discontent with the society he found himself within. He criticized philosophers for deliberating too heavily on … Read more

Marxist Theory & John Steinbeck’s The Winter of Our Discontent: Will It Stand the Test?

 In this part, I combine two areas of interest including theory and narrative. I thereby investigate aspects of Marxist theory in relation to John Steinbeck’s The Winter of Our Discontent. My hypothesis is to examine Steinbeck’s work through the lens of Marxist theory in an attempt to answer the following questions. Will the Winter … Read more

Exploring Socialisation through Functionalist & Marxist Perspectives: Examining the Family & Workplace’s Impact

 This essay will explain socialisation from the Functionalist and Marxist Perspectives, whilst acknowledging Feminism and primarily focussing on the theorists Emile Durkheim, George Murdock and Karl Marx. The Family agent will be discussed in detail as well as the work place through the perspectives. Gender specific roles, inequalities and how they impact on contemporary … Read more

Socialisation Explained: Functionalist & Marxist Perspectives &Core Values Impacting Contemporary Western Society

 This essay will explain socialisation from the Functionalist and Marxist Perspectives, whilst acknowledging Feminism and primarily focussing on the theorists Emile Durkheim, George Murdock and Karl Marx. The Family agent will be discussed in detail as well as the work place through the perspectives. Gender specific roles, inequalities and how they impact on contemporary … Read more

Exploring How Marxists See Society, Gender & The Process Of Individualisation

 Marxists sociologists agree that society is made up of various agents and the comparison to the human body, however they suggested it had a detrimental effect on how people develop as it prevents them from reaching their full potential. Adhering to relentless and rigid structure impacts on quality time people have and can cause … Read more

Understanding Karl Marx, Durkheim and Weber’s Contributions to Modern Sociology

 Introduction The theoretical and historical works of Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim and Max Weber still influence contemporary sociological theory. It can be understood that in order to excel in the field of sociology, one must proficiently understand and applicably comprehend how to use all three of these classical sociological perspectives. The works of these … Read more

Exploring Tocqueville’s and Marx’s Philosophy of Democracy: Examine the Role of Ideals

 Marx’s theory of mankind, has an significant understanding in his originality in history, his critique of capitalism and liberal democracy, and  his theory of unfriendliness and his obligation and commitment to communism. Marx supposed that the history of communism involved a continuous change of human nature, that nature is not immutable but focus on … Read more

Exploring Sociological Theories of Durkheim, Marx, Parsons and Merton: The Social Structure of Our World

 Sociological perspective teaches us to ‘see’ the strange in the familiar, recognizing, honoring, learning from, and questioning both our own and others’ values and what we believe in. Several famed sociologists have exceedingly furthered our understanding and the possibilities for appliance of such theories to daily life. These include Emile Durkheim (1858-1917), Karl Marx … Read more

Exploring Marxism and Postmodernism in Explaining Social Order and Education

 Sociology has many different perspectives it explores to explain our society and the situations people find themselves in, one of these perspectives is Marxism. Marxism is a response to modernism and is a structural theory, which means it focuses on the structures that make up society. Marxism is a conflict theory, in that it … Read more

Exploring the Division of Labour in Marx and Durkheim’s Theories of Industrialisation

 It is widely perceived that “the industrial revolution marks the most fundamental transformation of human life in the history of the world recorded in written documents" (Hobsbawm 1968, p.13). Industrialisation, as a process, can be defined as “the development of industries in a country or region on a wide scale” (Oxford English Dictionary). Both … Read more

Intimacy in Marshall McLuhan & Karl Marx’s Technological Determinism via Her

 The boundlessness of technology and the crisis of intimacy in Spike Jonze’s ‘her’ Technological innovations like Siri or Google Glass are no longer novelties but they are everyday technologies. We are all surrounded by technology like PCs or cell phones, but not impressed by the fact that they exist, because the widespread integration of … Read more

The Health Resource Center Ethnography – Views of Marx and Foucault

 The Health Resource Center Ethnography – Views of Marx and Foucault The Saint Louis University Health Resource Center is located on 1408 N Kingshighway Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63113 in the Victor Roberts Building. The Health Resource Center is a free clinic operated by medical students at Saint Louis University School of Medicine under … Read more

Marx and Freud’s Theories on Human Nature: A Unification for Mankind’s Suffering

 Paste your essay in here…Both Marx and Freud offered very different, and sometimes discordant, views on Human Nature and the impact civilizations have had on Mankind.  However, it is my view that Marx’s and Freud’s theories on Human Nature would have been stronger together in identifying the driving forces behind a solution to Mankind’s … Read more

Applying Marxism and ideology to film and media

 This essay will be focusing on three academic sources, specifically the theories of Karl Marx, Louis Althusser and John Hill. Establishing how Marxism and ideology can be applied to film and media. Starting with Karl Marx. Karl Marx was a German philosopher and ideologist who believed that by the proletariats wanting to obtain power … Read more

Discover Marx and Engels’ Refutations of Liberal Enlightenment Theory on Marriage Contracts

 Marx’s Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 are riddled with unfavorable references to liberal enlightenment theorists. “Political economy teaches us nothing”, Marx begins; he enumerates in detail the concepts that political economy “conceals”, “takes for granted”, “does not explain”, and “does not grasp”. This essay takes as its focus two particular critiques of liberal … Read more

Marx vs. Weber: Examining Social Structure and Social Class in Modern Society

 Paste your essay in here…During the rise of capitalism and the industrial revolution, the structure of the economic and political worlds were changing rapidly. While factory systems busied the laymen and the bourgeoisie/middle class came to the rise, different sociological theorists attempted to take a step back and view how these newfound systems were … Read more

Being Unhappy in Brave New World: Examining Freedom Through Marx, Watson and the Savage

 The three characters central to the plot of Huxley’s novel Brave New World all have different interpretations of what it means to be free. The ideas of Bernard Marx and Helmholtz Watson are impacted in different ways from those of John the Savage due to their different cultures and upbringings. Despite having similar lives, … Read more

Compare Locke and Marx’s Views on Private Property: Find a More Convincing Idea

 Discuss why and how Marx would reject Locke’s defense of private property. Overall, which view (Locke or Marx) do you find more convincing? When comparing John Locke and Karl Marx it's relevant to mention the circumstances that gave rise to their ideology. Locke was writing in a time prior to the industrial revolution, while … Read more

Exploring the Link between Culture and Ideology from a Marxist Perspective

 Paste your essay in here…The definitions of culture are a varied and eclectic range of ideas, concepts and ideals ranging from Tylor’s definition in Primitive Culture with its intertwining and confusion with the notion of civilisation, to Geertz’s approach that “that man is an animal suspended in webs of significance he himself has spun, … Read more

Comparing Marx and Capitalism – Analysis of Their Differences and Similarities

 Paste your text in here..Evaluation of Marxism and Capitalism Marxism is a method of socioeconomic analysis, originating from the mid-to-late 19th century works of German philosophers Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels that analyzes class relations and societal conflict using a materialist interpretation of historical development and a dialectical view of social transformation. Marxist methodology … Read more

Hammering Reality with Brecht’s Life of Galileo: A Marxist Philosophy of Science and Scientists

 “Art,” writes Bertolt Brecht in his Messingkauf Dialogues “is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.” Brecht’s standpoint licenses the dramatist to tinker with the historical record so long as it facilitates socio-political action. Such a credo may draw a raspberry from purists, but it can … Read more

Solving Capitalism’s Flaws: Marx’s Critique and its Solutions |

 In his works The Communist Manifesto, Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 and Das Kapital, German philosopher Karl Marx pointed out multiple flaws concerning capitalism and personally felt that its demise would come as a result of a revolution of the working class. Marx, a loyal advocate of communism, theorized that a revolution would … Read more

Exploring How Inequality Contributes to Crime Rates: An Analysis of Marxism and Functionalism

 Literature Review Hall et al (1978) Stuart Hall’s research shows the capitalism crisis that occurred in the 1970’s. He looks at how the media covered up economic and social problems and stirred up a moral panic against black individuals and how they were portrayed as “black muggers”. This served the purpose of segregating the … Read more

Evolution of Nationalism: Montesquieu to Marx and Div. of Powers For Modern Nat’lism

 The subject of this essay is the evolution of nationalism which was documented in the documents, The Spirit of Laws and The Communist Manifesto. Modern nationalism has changed significantly over time from Montesquieu to Marx. The elements that both documents have in common is that they both discuss society and politics. The elements that … Read more

Exploring the Ideas and Contributions of 4 Influential Sociologists: Karl Marx, Max Weber, Emile Durkheim and George Mead

 Who are sociologists and what influences they have had? In this paper, we will discuss four sociologists: Karl Marx, Max Weber, Emile Durkheim and George Mead. They are all well-known and influential thinkers of their time who have greatly contributed to the current sociological approaches and studies. They differ in their theories, but all … Read more

Exploring Cobbetts’ Indebtedness to Malthus and Marx’s Reactions: Max

 Paste your essay in here…Over two hundred years after it was written, Thomas Robert Malthus’ Essay on The Principle of Population is still read and examined by scholars of nearly all fields of study. Many people feel that his work has been misinterpreted by various politicians and scholars alike. Although he embraced advanced political … Read more

Exploring the Relevance of Marxism for Global Politics: “Marxism: From 19th Century Revolution to 21st Century Politics – Exploring its Relevancy in Global Politics

 Irina Andreeva M00647648 How relevant is Marxism for analyzing contemporary global politics? „The Marxist doctrine is omnipotent because it is true „ Lenin. Karl Marx was born in Trier, Germany in 1818 and died in London in 1883. He has been enormously influential in shaping the 20th-century political landscape. From the Mexican revolution of … Read more

Marxism for Analyzing Contemporary Global Politics: Analyzing Global Politics Through a Marxist Lens – Learn it Now

 Paste your essay in here…How relevant is Marxism for analyzing contemporary global politics? насколько актуален марксизм для анализа современной глобальной политики? „The Marxist doctrine is omnipotent because it is true „ Lenin. Marxism arose in the 40s of the XIX century, in times when was made important scientific discoveries, created the technical basis of … Read more

Exploring the Flaws in Karl Marx’s Theory of Historical Materialism

 Karl Marx was a German sociologist, economist, philosopher and revolutionary soviet who is heralded as one of the greatest minds to ever live. In the 19th century he posited theories about society, history, economics and politics advocating communist ideals. His collective works became known as Marxism and his writings have influenced subsequent political, social … Read more

Why, for Marx, is the Criticism of Religion the Beginnings of All Criticism?

 Why, for Marx, is the criticism of religion ‘the beginning of all criticism’? See young Marx 1  – counterpoints – add Bauer For Marx the ‘struggle against religion is the struggle against the world’. During the period of Marx’s writing, religion was, and still is, a dominant force in people’s lives. It’s ability to … Read more

Carmen’s Story: Examining Marx’s Arguments Against Capitalism and Why Communism is Not The Answer

 Communism is Not The Answer Carmen Romero is an employee at Leo O’Donovan Dining Hall, commonly known as Leo’s, in Georgetown University. Since she is a native Spanish speaker, I had the chance to sit down and hear about her story in Washington, DC. Carmen considers herself a working class person and is currently … Read more

Karl Marx and Mary Wollstonecraft: The Fight Against Inequality

 Although written over 150 years apart, both Karl Marx and Mary Wollstonecraft’s books, The Communist Manifesto and A Vindication of the Rights of Women, respectively, shed light on the implications and dangers of different forms of inequality. For Marx and his co-author Frederick Engels, it was the abuse of the proletariat, the laborers, at … Read more

Exploring John Locke, Karl Marx & Ronald Coase’s Take on Law & Property: John Locke, Karl Marx & Ronald Coase: A Critical Analysis of Law & Property

 PART A Answer 1: John Locke talked about law and property and how the two are related. Locke believed that law was made for two reasons. To protect property from government and to protect it from citizens. He believed that the extent of the government power is till outside a person’s property and that … Read more

Employee Relations Perspectives: Pluralist, Unitary and Marxist

 Employee Relations is the term used to define the relationship between employers and employees ( Employee relations is the first point of contact for employees, supervisors or managers that have queries regarding workplace decisions, policy interpretations, and consultations on grievances, conflicts, problem resolution and issues of collective bargaining. ( In employee relations, there are … Read more

Exploring Karl Marx’s Contributions to Sociological Theory

 There are many different theorists, theories, perspectives and ideologies all around the world today and have been present for many years. They range from the Micro (interpersonal relationships) to the Macro (society) perspectives and have been adapted numerous which has  saw the creation of many different ideas, thoughts and collaborations in order to try … Read more

Compare Karl Marx & Emile Durkheim’s Criticisms of Anomie & Alienation in 19th Century Eur

 Both writing in the nineteenth century, Karl Marx and Emile Durkheim were heavily critical of the industrial society and the rise of capitalism in nineteenth century Europe. Despite this, their criticisms of the problems with society are noticeably different. This is made most clear through their concepts of alienation and anomie, and the different … Read more

Marxist anthropologists

Assess the validity of this claim: Even though very few anthropologists today would identify themselves as “Marxist anthropologists,” Karl Marx’s work has much to offer anthropology in terms of its approach to issues of power and materialism.   The work of Karl Marx revolves around the idea of class conflict and the belief that the … Read more

The works of Marx

To comprehend the works of Marx, we first must note his affinity with Hegel, an early German philosopher. Hegel, the proponent of philosophical idealism, maintained that humanity’s development was only visible through analysing abstract philosophical categories. He was amongst the first to address the individual experience in a philosophical sense; a factor of which Marx … Read more

Looking Through A Marxist Lens

 Looking Through A Marxist Lens During the course between the sixteenth and seventeenth century, the southern colonies were encompassed with large plantations, and work was needed across the terrain to keep this era of society stable and productive. Slavery became an important element in the south's ability to grow by enhancing both the geographic … Read more

Marxism and Self-Consciousness in The Hairy Ape

 Paste your essay in here… German philosopher, Karl Marx is an author of multiple published topics, such as the Communist Manifesto, and also opposed to capitalism in which he formed Marxism. Marxism is a system of economic, social, and political philosophy based on ideas that view social change in terms of economic factors. Marxism … Read more

Understanding Consumptions in Capitalism through Marx's Theory of Commodity and Adorno's Argument on Culture Industry

 From the works of Marx, a person’s natural relation to the commodity as use-value is understood to be misrepresented by capitalism. Workers see commodities as objects which are not related to the productions because they are separated from the results of their labor. In that context, Marx defined commodity as “an external object, a … Read more

Marx's Theory on Commodities and Consumption Under Capitalism

 From the works of Marx, a person’s natural relation to the commodity as use-value is understood to be misrepresented by capitalism. Workers see commodities as objects which are not related to the productions because they are separated from the results of their labor. In that context, Marx defined commodity as “an external object, a … Read more

Marx at Wal-Mart: A Modern-Day Lens on Alienation in Capitalism

 Marx at Wal-Mart Karl Marx is a name either famous or infamous, but all can at least agree that his thought is both provoking and polarizing. He is famed for his scathing criticism of capitalism and the suggestion of alternative political systems. He analyzes capitalism as a system divided into two simple classes: the … Read more

Karl Marx

Karl Marx, born on 5 may 1818 at Brückengasse 664 in Trier, a town then part of the Kingdom of Prussia’s Province of the lower Rhine. Ancestrally Jewish, his grandfather was a Dutch rabbi. Herschel, Karl’s father was a lawyer and lived a relatively wealthy and middle-class life. Back then, they were living in anti-semitic … Read more

Marx and labor theory of value

To the extent that a particular human society has become poor, the greater the degree of importance within it, the struggle for subsistence, dominating all aspects of daily life of this society, is binding on all social activities, even those not directly linked to production of the means to ensure their survival.

Writing essays about Karl Marx and Marxism

There are a wide variety of topics and themes that can be explored when writing an essay about Karl Marx and/or Marxism. Here are some potential ideas:

The Historical Context of Marx’s Ideas: Marx developed his theories in the mid-19th century, a time of great social and economic upheaval. An essay could explore the historical context in which Marx was writing, and how the conditions of his time influenced his ideas.

Capitalism and Exploitation: Central to Marx’s ideas is the belief that capitalism is an inherently exploitative system. An essay could explore the ways in which Marx believed that capitalists extract surplus value from workers, and how this exploitation has shaped the development of modern society.

Social Class and Inequality: Marx argued that social class is a fundamental feature of capitalist societies, and that class struggle is the driving force behind historical change. An essay could explore the ways in which Marx understood social class, and how his ideas about class have been adapted and expanded upon by later theorists.

The Role of the State: Marx believed that the state serves the interests of the ruling class, and that the only way to achieve a truly equitable society is through revolution. An essay could explore the ways in which Marx believed the state functioned, and how his ideas about the state have been challenged and revised in contemporary Marxist thought.

The Legacy of Marxism: Marxism has had a profound impact on politics, economics, and social theory throughout the 20th century. An essay could explore the ways in which Marxism has influenced different social movements and political ideologies, and how its ideas have been interpreted and adapted in different contexts.

Critiques of Marxism: While Marxism has been influential, it has also been the subject of significant critique. An essay could explore some of the critiques that have been leveled against Marxism, such as its alleged determinism or its failure to adequately account for issues of race, gender, and sexuality.

Determinism is the idea that events are determined by preceding causes and that individuals have little or no control over their own lives. Some critics of Marxism argue that Marx’s theory of historical materialism, which asserts that social and economic relations are determined by the mode of production, is deterministic. They claim that Marx’s emphasis on the forces of history and class struggle downplays the role of individual agency, creativity, and innovation in shaping social change.

Regarding issues of race, gender, and sexuality, some critics argue that Marxism tends to focus too narrowly on economic class struggle and does not give enough attention to other forms of oppression and identity-based social movements. Critics argue that Marxism may have historically ignored or underplayed the significance of racial and gender-based oppression, relegating these concerns to secondary status within the larger Marxist framework.

In recent years, there have been efforts to expand Marxist theory to more fully incorporate these issues. For example, Marxist feminists have sought to integrate feminist and Marxist analyses of gender oppression, while critical race theorists have drawn attention to the intersections of race, class, and gender. Some contemporary Marxist theorists have also attempted to account for the significance of sexuality and LGBTQ+ identities in the context of capitalism and class struggle.

These critiques and debates demonstrate the ongoing evolution of Marxist theory and the continued efforts to address and incorporate diverse perspectives and experiences into Marxist analyses of social and economic structures.

Marxism in the 21st Century: Despite the challenges faced by Marxism over the past century, its ideas continue to be relevant in contemporary society. An essay could explore the ways in which Marxist thought has been adapted to contemporary issues, such as environmentalism, globalization, or technological change.

These are just a few potential topics and themes that could be explored when writing an essay about Karl Marx and/or Marxism. The important thing is to engage with the ideas in a critical and thoughtful way, and to build an argument that is well-supported and well-reasoned.