Karl Marx’s Impact

The ideas of Karl Marx had a great impact on Europe and the societies of the world. From the type of socialism developed through his writings to the main ideas evoked from the communism, Marxism left a great legacy and was instated into several governments after their time. It lost appeal after a while when realization came that there were rising flaws in the idea. Countries attributed themselves to the different parts of the ideas and later changed to be capitalistic once again.

On May 5th, 1818, Karl Marx was born into a middle-class family in Trier, Germany. After his childhood, he went to develop his socialist and political beliefs through journalism. When he published extremely socialist writings, he was expelled from his home country and France. The main idea of his philosophy was that Utopianism was unrealistic and should be scrapped. Utopianism is the sole aim of trying to create the perfect society. Eventually he worked alongside with another German socialist named Friedrich Engels to write a pamphlet about communism which was published in 1848. Communism was a form of socialism in which there were no classes that divided society. He describes communism as a society with people that contribute depending on their skill and ability and gain according to their need. All produce would be shared with the members of the community equally. By compiling historical evidence, he wrote about how history is constantly a conflict between the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’. The ‘haves’ would dominantly control society with their economic influence whereas the ‘have-nots’ were the proletariat, or the working class.  The numbers of the working class would always be eventually triumphant against the upper class.

After Marx called for the people of the world to unite, his ideas gained popularity. Marxism was an extremely desired ideal because of its reform. In the future, Germany adopted Marx’s beliefs and created a social democracy. This form of democracy was a political ideology, slowly transitioning from capitalism to socialism. Several countries around the world set up a communist government, from Russia and Africa to some areas in Asia and Latin America. As the faults in Marx’s ideas became evident, the appeal vanished over time. The powerful would always desire power and balance would never be achieved. Nationalism was strong within the people, so they felt empowered ties to their country. Countries started reverting to capitalist societies and the number of communist governments lessened.

After several years, socialism and communism transformed into their own unique ideals. The classless society held the most stature of his ideas but became less appealing as the sought for power increased. Flaws in the system included the lack of creativity and freedom brought forth by communist society. Truly, the main point of Marxism and Communism had an immense impact on the world and several countries as they are known today.


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