Presentation on theme: "Marxism – the basics. Karl Marx 1818 - 1883 Mid- Late Nineteenth Century Britain Unrest and protest – Chartism Long hours, low pay Periodic unemployment."— Presentation transcript:
The Capitalists compete with each other. The successful capitalists get richer and richer
… and the failed capitalists fall down into the working class
The workers meanwhile are more and more exploited by the remaining capitalists – they get poorer and poorer
Marx said that eventually the workers will rise up in revolution against the capitalist class A new communist society will be created
Key Differences from Leninism Marxs revolution was a natural one that would only occur when a nation that had reached point in industrial society. It would not be dictated by the state! It would be a revolution of the Proletariat… a Dictatorship of the Proletariat.
Key Differences from Leninism Lenin's Russia was led by a dictatorship of the Communist Party, whose leaders simply assumed they knew what was best for the working classes The development of Lenin's ideas about a "vanguard" party leading the proletarian revolution developed into the notion of a centralized governing party, a communist party, which would rule on behalf of the working classes. Instead of Marx's ideals of a "dictatorship of the proletariat," Lenin's Russia was led by a dictatorship of the Communist Party, whose leaders simply assumed they knew what was best for the working classes. After Lenin's death, Josef Stalin carried this even further, developing a totalitarian dictatorship.