Features of Communist Society Introduction to the Philosophy of Marx and Engels The works of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels have provided the framework for a political philosophy and practice that is fundamentally concerned with the critique of capitalism. The idea of a class struggle is a central element in what we now call a Marxist analysis of social change, and historical materialism is the Marxist methodology for conducting such an analysis. They write that, “The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles; Freeman and slave, patrician and plebeian, lord and serf, guild-master and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed, stood in constant opposition to one another…” (Marx and Engels 14). For Marx...The end:
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