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June 8, 2008 / C H Thompson

What is Marxism?

by Sam Cook a former student

Marxism is the philosophy derived from the work of Karl Marx. One misunderstanding people have is Marxism has no relevance to contemporary society. This following clip argues Marxism has more relevance than ever.

The basic idea of Marxism is a belief that capitalism allows the owners of capital (the 1% of ruling-class- bourgeois bosses) to exploit the workers (99% of working-class proletariat employees) and this causes conflict between the two classes (known as social-class conflict). The following Powerpoint explains the logic of Marxism at a very basic level Marxism – an introduction

Ideology is used by the ruling-class (bosses/bourgeoisie) in order to keep the working classes (proletariat) doing what they’re told. These established ideas are the ideas of the ruling classes and become seen as normal and inevitable by everyone else. The image at the bottom of the page covers most of the key themes you need to grasp to fully understand the Marx’s ideas while the following link explores each concept in more detail.

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