• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Idealistic Politics

Extracts from this document...


Second Essay Assignment The American University in Cairo Fall 2001 SEMR-200-05 Dr. Clarissa Burt Mufaddal Saifuddin 900 99 2112 Idealistic Politics "The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles," said Karl Marx, who is considered to be one of the world's most seminal thinkers. Marx categorized these classes in two broad categories; the bourgeoisie versus the proletariats, the upper class opposed to the lower class and the caste that have access to the factors of production against everybody else who are compelled to sell their labor. In political terms the bourgeois were the "...committee for managing the common affairs of the whole bourgeoisie" (Marx, 20) and in order to reduce any friction, tension or resistance towards their supremacy they then laid down a set of ideals and values for all classes and citizens. The ultimate goal of having a monotonous set of principles was to disintegrate existing ideals and values by instigating the proletariats to fully accept the bourgeois' set of principles by suspending their own. History, however, has yet to see such an outcome where the bourgeois triumph in instigating such circumstances successfully. What occurs in such circumstances instead is a conflict due to inconsistency that occurs between the dogmas of both classes; whereby the reality based ideals of the proletariats clashes with the idealistic values of the bourgeoisie. ...read more.


Any decline in wage labour would threaten the bourgeoisies' capital by reducing its turnover, hence weakening their foothold in the marketplace in turn inhibiting their ability to "constantly revolutionize the instruments of production in order to exist and survive" (Marx, 21). The bourgeoisie quest to seek a continuous wage labour would see a shift in their political ideology; they would seek to manipulate cities, provinces and other nations that are weak cause them to become dependent on them. The consequence of such political centralization would lead to the "epidemic of overproduction," whereby the only manner in which the crises can be overcome is "by the conquest of new markets, and by the and by the more through exploitation of the old ones" (Marx, 25). However, such exploitation of markets can occur only to a certain limit, until other nations impose regulations confiding the system to resort to desperate measures and turmoil, which occurred with China. Chinese products flooded the world market until recently and now they have been rejected entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO) and do not enjoy the benefits of free trade. Therefore, China have used "enforced destruction of a mass of productive forces" (Marx, 25) to decrease their output, which has lead to a lot of turmoil inside the country with dogmas of the government - political stability and international recognition - and the working class - subsistence and a better life - clashing against each other further depressing the situation. ...read more.


would not be capable of reading between the lines and would end up in turmoil since other nations would manipulate their naivety. Furthermore, in a society where abstract knowledge such a geometry and economics is not taught the politicians will be incapable of drawing upon actions that will be favour their society, since politics is the evil of all sciences and without a good base in its basic terminology that being the abstract sciences one will be incapable of mastering it and using it to his advantage. Speak from their heart.........offend someone.......do not take care In Antigone the Greek tragedy, morals, egos, and gender issues were the epics around which principles were based upon. Follow one man Harun Al Rashid........Mamluks........they use to be all loyal Lower class has less say in the political era in order to stop the formation of proletariats which is so important for the revolution to occur. Political laws that protect private property Enhance competitiveness (p.21) Dependence of poor countries on rich ([.23) Eradicate opposition immediately Strength of prletarits p.28 trade unions p.32 existence remains on capital 1) Basecaus they lay down ideals that seem utopian only to them, they forget 2) Might have noticed that there are more cons than pros Several of our texts paint images of ideal human society. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of these imagined societies. How do these imagined ideal societies interact with political ideology and political action. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Political Philosophy section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Political Philosophy essays

  1. Andrew Jackson: Common Man or Common Scoundrel

    When Biddle decided in the summer of 1832 to ask Congress to recharter the bank before the election, Jackson declared to Van Buren: "The bank is trying to kill me, but I will kill it!" The issue had "instantly become personal" (Hofstadter 78)

  2. How and why does Locke explain the creation, value and protection of property?

    The belief in God given abilities and the obligations that follow are not totally deterministic. Man, endowed with reason, could choose not to develop these abilities. Having the ability to choose the development of his potential, each man is responsible for that potential and consequently is responsible for his own body.

  1. Power and Politics in Organizations: Public and Private Sector Comparisons

    Theories about them are naturally based on the assumption that these bodies are organized and behave according to rational principles that reflect these values and not other considerations. This assumption, however, remains so central to writing about management that, as shown below, it actually serves to impede almost any serious attention to power and politics in private-sector, for-profit entities.

  2. Nigeria Country Study

    * Naira - Nigeria's basic currency unit. It is subdivided into 100 kobo (k). The naira was introduced on January 1, 1973, replacing the Nigerian pound (q.v.) at the rate of two naira for one pound. * Okada - Motorbike taxi, they seem to be found everywhere.

  1. Does the mass media have a direct effect on British Politics?

    than the other two, and it is possible that all three theories may be accurate to a certain extent, as the current available evidence is inconclusive. Television and radio, by contrast, are perceived as being neutral, and therefore a much more reliable source of political information than newspapers.

  2. Is the Liberal perspective on world politics too idealistic?

    Furthermore, this essay will look at the main differences between Classic Liberalism and the newer version Neo Liberalism. It will look at how both Classic Realism and Neo realism view the world politics, and whether they have the same perspective on world politics.

  1. "Why was there a need for compromise in 1850 and why had the compromise ...

    Mexico was then forced to recognise Texas a lone star of the American Union. This issue once again stirred up sectional tension as North feared yet further expansion of slavery. It was becoming obvious that every territorial advance would be met with a sectional animosity over slavery.

  2. What did Karl Marx mean by 'exploitation' in a capitalist economic system?

    These conditions are alleged to have created a status with similar conditions to servitude on the island, which is illegal in the United States. (Economist, 2001) These two examples of exploitation, both deal with exploitation of labour within poor

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work