Brumaire

First of all, it took a thorough investigation of Wikipedia to understand the context from which Marx was writing about the Eighteenth Brumaire. Once we get beyond the struggle between the Orleanists and the Legitimists we find that the Party of Order attempted to satiate the desires of an entire society, when Marx points this out as being quite impossible. Marx reflects on the cyclical process involved in Revolutions. Particularly, the struggle between the Proletariat and Bourgeoise and how their misconceptions of each others desires leads their causes to “lock-up” and begin this cycle of discontent. Marx is using this Revolution as an example of Capitalism’s flaws in the Political world. “The particular character of the Social-Democracy is epitomized in the fact that democratic-republican institutions are demanded as a means, not of doing away with two extremes, capital and wage labour, but of weakening their antagonism and transforming it into harmony.”(Marx, 50) Marx speaks of these two parties as an example, that can be directly used in today’s society, of how two extremes are never reached within the parties, and their stances lie somewhere in an ambiguous middle. This stance, as was pointed out in our discussion today, allows for private funds to take control and manipulate the governing parties in ways that best suit their needs, rather than the needs of the people. In the case of the Eighteenth Brumaire it took the realization by the Proletariat that the Brougeoise, with whom the Proletariate joined with in the Revolution to better their conditions, were not looking out for the best interest of the Proletariate in the way that they had originally thought, to disband from the Bourgeoise and begin a Revolution of their own. This is the Cycle of Revolution that Marx referred to earlier in the reading. I felt that starting the reading with little background in the Second French Revolution and on the third chapter of his work, it took a while for me to understand what was being talked about. Yet again, Marx brought up an appendage of Capitalism that is easily applied to our modern problems with Capitalism.

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