Marx and Engels on Individuality and Freedom: An Analysis

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Marx and Engels on Individuality and Freedom: An Analysis
Introduction
According to Marx and Engels, in order to be free one must be free from a certain kind of individuality. They defined freedom and individuality in socialist terms and rejected the prevailing capitalist view that free market economic systems conferred the greatest degree of freedom on individuals. In works such as The Communist Manifesto and Capital, they declared that capitalist, free market systems destroyed freedom and individuality by coercing the masses to labor for the benefit of the few who controlled the means of production. In their view, only socialism can provide true freedom and individuality, for it frees people from the kind of individuality that separates...
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.....ality by coercing the working classes to labor for the benefit of economic elites who control the means of production. In their view, socialism is the only system that provides true freedom and individuality, for it frees people from the kind of individuality that divides societies, generates constant conflict, and rewards only those at the top while trapping everyone else in economic slavery.
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Brzezinski, Zbigniew. The Grand Failure: The Birth and Death of Communism in the Twentieth Century. New York: Collier Books, 1990.
Marx, Karl and Engels, Friedrich. Capital. Middlesex, England: Penguin Books Ltd., 1981.
_ _ _. “Manifesto of the Communist Party.” In Marx and Engels: Collected Works. New York: International Publishers, 1976.