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Benjamin Jones Fall 2011 Abstract The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 signaled to the average American

citizen the end of communism as a viable political ideology and proved, definitively, that Marxist thought was nothing more than a broken-backed philosophy that was no longer practically relevant Capitalism had won. While it is indeed the case that Marx, who presented his idea as a science, as something inevitable and true not only in a theoretical, but also a practical sense, was proved wrong in regards to the more specific points regarding the evolution of human society beyond capitalism, this does not disallow some of the more base assumptions made by Marx to still hold true. Armed with those base assumptions regarding human nature, the nature and decay of economic systems, and the vast reservoirs of knowledge regarding capitalism generally it is indeed possible to show that Marxism is still a very live philosophy in the modern world, and, in keeping true to Marxist thought, the march towards communism inevitably continues today. To begin there must be some specification as to what Marxist thought will be applied to: namely a world in which the economy is governed by corporations with office buildings rather than industrialists with steel mills. From there the concept of alienation of labor must be applied to this modern economic perspective, from which the subject expands to a wide array of topics: the consolidation of wealth and the destruction of the middle class, the nature of wages and the relationship between the worker and the owner, the path to its own destruction that capitalism will take in this modern economic environment, the way in which socialism will and has been emerging today, all while holding true to the base assumptions and conclusions made by Marx regarding the fall of capitalism, the rise of socialism, and the inevitable end in the form of communism. After the argument is established it then becomes necessary to preemptively fend off counterpoints and opposition, beginning with the most simple and obvious objections and progressing on to ones that are much more elaborate and philosophically taxing. The use of Soviet Russia and Red China as practical examples of the impracticability of Marxist thought, the insistence to not adapting Marx's theory to modern circumstances as both a means to show it's flaws as well as an attempt to keep Marx's thought as a very strict science, and disagreements with Marx's concept of human nature will all be discussed with charity and defended against. With the argument compete and the most prevalent objections dealt with the conclusion that Marxist thought can indeed be applied to a modern, corporate America will be shown not only to be a viable position, but one that must be adopted due to the very nature of Marx's philosophic, political, and economic commitments.

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