Understanding Marx: Class Struggle
Published by the Reluctant Geek
Copyright Hercules Bantas 2012
The concept of class struggle is central to Marx's theory of the dialectic development of society. It was the foundation upon which he built his social and economic theories, arguing that class struggle was the catalyst that drove a society to evolve from epoch to epoch, when its modes of production outgrew its existing social structures. Without class struggle, which is rooted in the division of the spoils of production, a society would not evolve through the revolutionary process that he describes. The discussion will begin with a definition of class, before moving on to examine Marx's theory of class struggle as the catalyst for societal evolution, the evolution of capitalist society, and the classless communist state.