Why Did Karl Marx Think Socialism Was Superior to Capitalism?

Karl Marx(1818-1883), was an Economic philosopher, who mainly studied the political ideology, which Marx himself referred to as either communism or socialism(who used those terms interchangeably). Though the ideas of communism have been around for longer than Marx, he was the one who further influenced the concept of this ideology to what we think of it as today. A common theme with Marx was that he believed that socialism was superior to capitalism; why did he think this?

One reason why Marx believed that socialism or communism was superior to capitalism was that capitalism in his opinion does not use everyone to their full use. In other words, people who are unemployed, he saw as a waste of human potential. Everyone in a communistic economy would be working which means no waste. Another reason why Marx believed this was because he believed that factory business owners’ exploited their employees because they would pay their employees just enough for them to survive. In communism nobody would own anything that would be “solved.” Something that is also to be noted is that Marx believed that communism would make people less selfish. This to conclude is some of the reasons why Marx believed that communism or socialism was superior to capitalism. 

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  1. SonofYHWH says:

    Hey,
    Good essay; good title too. I don’t often click on students’ essays, because I often find them rather boring, but this title intrigued me.

    I don’t often offer criticism either, but I thought I would today. Sorry if my writing sounds brash; my computer is so slow that I can type a whole sentence before the words finally show up on screen (so I didn’t really edit my comment to make it sound friendly). So, I’ll just have to give you a bunch of smiley faces to offset my comment: ☺☺☺☺☺🙃🙂

    First, I would have added way more paragraphs in the last “paragraph.” It’s quite convoluted.

    “In other words, people who are unemployed, he saw as a waste of human potential.”
    Instead, “In other words, he saw people who were unemployed as a waste of human potential.”
    It’s just more clear.

    “…Marx believed that socialism or communism was superior to capitalism was that capitalism in his opinion does not use everyone to their full use…”
    Rather, “Marx believed that socialism or communism was superior to capitalism was that capitalism in his opinion does not (take advantage of/utilize) everyone’s full potential.”
    Better not to use the same word twice; it reads better.

    “Because in communism nobody would own anything that would be “solved.”
    Instead, “In a communistic regime, nobody would own anything; thereby “solving” the aforementioned problem.”
    It’s not proper grammar to start a sentence with “because.” Furthermore, even if you were to write the sentence including “because,” the sentence the required punctuation to make it read smoothly.

    Your closing sentence is unnecessary because it doesn’t add any relevant information:
    “This to conclude is some of the reasons why Marx believed that communism or socialism was superior to capitalism.”
    If you want to write a closing sentence, maybe sum up the main points, instead of just saying “this is some of the reasons.”

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    1. Thank you for the advice and criticism! I will be considering your tips for future essays! Definitely I used far to many “filler,” words and reused already written parts of the essay to make the writing process faster. One of my writing defaults is that I do not shake up the words I use when writing essays, lol. Thank you for reading :).

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      1. SonofYHWH says:

        No problem!

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      2. SonofYHWH says:

        …on second thought, starting a sentence with “because,” might actually be okay. 🤷‍♂️
        Idk.

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      3. I think it depends on the context. English grammar is so confusing not going lie.

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      4. SonofYHWH says:

        “English grammar is so confusing not going lie.”
        Should be, “English grammar is so confusing; not going to lie.”

        …lol, I’m just being a brat.

        Yes, you are right. Though, I think it typically is incorrect grammatically, BUT, if we are writing to sound fluid and friendly (like we speak), then I think it is arguably “okay” to start a sentence with “because.”

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      5. Haha! I completely forgot to put “to.” I should not be writing when I am in a rush!

        Yeah, you don’t want to sound super stiff when writing a text message, for example.

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      6. SonofYHWH says:

        Yeah, or an ad that’s supposed to sound fluid. I was just reading a book by Bob Bly who said that – when writing advertising copy – it is often better to be grammatically incorrect than to be stiff.
        You want the potential client to be able to focus on the ad instead of ‘weirdly’ placed prepositions.

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      7. Definitely true. I would never be intrigued by an ad that read like an essay.

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  2. Macko0 says:

    i love what i just read. this got me pondering out loud

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  3. dolphinwrite says:

    I’ve learned not to be concerned with intellectual jargon. We always encourage people to follow what I call the rabbit of reason along the trail of understanding. Observe. Listen. Read. Research. Discuss. If honest, one doesn’t have to theorize. The understanding will arrive as “ah haa” moments. I realize, what is can be understood by all.

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