I had read a few books on Marx himself and got the gist of his theories but what sprung out was how Marxist/Marxologist writers claim that Marx’s ideas have sunk in relevance in the modern world due to the emergence of the privately employed skilled working class during the wave of free trade revival in the 1980’s. This is of course mostly relevant with Margaret Thatcher‘s supremacy in Britain and her positive decimation of Nationalized industry in Britain, but Ronald Reagan in the United States also held a prominent line of Laissez Faire politics. He championed a decrease of government interference in the economy- so basically deregulation leading to Free Trade. However did this move to the right really render Marx’s ideal utterly irrelevant?
Furthermore, I also noticed how, when reading “The Communist Manifesto”, I became more and more aware of the Bourgeoisie class in history-basically the rich merchant class which emerged in Britain around the 17th Century. Mostly visible in Britain due to the increasing access to emerging New World and Eastern (‘Old World’) markets. However when you look forward to the future we can see how effectively in Britain the Working Class has ceased to be incessantly persecuted and in a truly Capitalist fashion has access to the majority of commodities if it aspires to improvement. This is what i see as the essence of Capitalism; the competition that it inspires within each individual driving up standards and growing international trade. For those students of economics out there, there is no better way of increasing output, production and creating wealth, however those social historians among you this would sicken you to the very core.
Capitalism also has the affect of creating attributes such as greed and selfishness (this is of course an assertion, linking to a greater debate of whether Capitalism creates/created these attributes or whether it simply highlights them within one) and thus vastly degraded the human race socially. In this way we all work individually, for our own individual gain. Even if this is not evident within the characteristics of a particular individual he/she will still aspire to social advancement or possibly on a greater world stage national advancement. This brings us on nicely to the international issue of capitalism-the creation of international rivalries.
Individual Capitalists-whether they aspire for self advancement or not-all in the end mindlessly aid the global rifts which divide the world in national rivalries; over economic growth and technological advancement (encompassing both military and central government superiority as well as in consumer goods).
So in the end have we all become little Anti-Marxists, embracing the values of Capitalism and embracing the very things he despised? Or are we merely sedated for the time being with the bouts of advancement-both socially, economically and politically?