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There are many opinions on the legacy of Karl Marx, but one thing is for certain - He is one of the most controversial figures in history.

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There are many opinions on the legacy of Karl Marx, but one thing is for certain: He is one of the most controversial figures in history. He inspired revolts and uprisings that tore countries down all over Europe and Asia. The fascinating about it is he was not alive to see his work play out. Marx was born in 1818 in Rhineland (Present day Germany). His father was a liberal and a Jew. However, in order to keep his job as a lawyer, he had to convert to Christianity. This is interesting because his father really did not want to convert. He did it because it was in the best interests of his family. One could argue Marx came to believe in the classless society in part because of what his father went through. In a classless society, Marx's father would have not had to convert to Christianity. Karl Marx would go on to attend college at the University of Berlin. There he drank in taverns, got into occasional skirmishes and studied philosophy. ...read more.

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They soon began attending underground meetings of labor unions, which were illegal. They called themselves the communist league. Here, a manifesto was written by Marx and his colleagues called the Communist Manifesto. This would cause a riot by Unemployed workers in Paris. He was soon banished from Prussia, and finally settled in London (Collins and Makowski, 33). It was in London where Marx married his long time sweetheart, and started to write. Marx and his family were extremely poor. Many of his children died of malnutrition as his family lived in one of the poorest sections of London. The fact that Marx was poor in interesting because his beliefs often centered around the proletariat, or the working class poor people. In 1867, Marx published Das Capital, a piece that some would argue helped bring down the world. In this book, Marx outlined his beliefs on how society should work. Marx envisioned a classless society in the place of capitalism. He believed property should be owned collectively and used for the benefit of all people. ...read more.

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They pay workers enough for them to get by. Alienation- Workers are generally not happy with what they do. This causes chaos and dissent in the work place, and makes people feel unworthy (Sernau, 18-19). Marx was a conflict theorist who believed the workers should revolt against the ownership class. He was right in the fact that society was corrupt, and some people were making more than others, but that is society. Many conflict theorists believe Marx was right about class conflict, and conflict in general. He will be remembered as one of the first to debate the ethics of capitalism as well as the father of communism, although many believe Marx would not be happy with some of ways communism has been used in society, such as the absolute ruler, or dictator. More than anyone else, Marx has inspired more revolutions and uprisings in our society. While some of his ideas and practices were correct, his views caused a lot of chaos in the world. He inspired such rulers as Stalin, and Mussolini. While his views and theories could have worked in theory, they were abused by dictators, and thus a black cloud has hung over Marx and his movement. ...read more.

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