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Single Idea 5307

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / D. Ideologies / 9. Communism]

Full Idea

A part of the bourgeoisie is desirous of redressing social grievances, in order to secure the continued existence of bourgeois society.


The 'bourgeoisie' are the middle classes

Gist of Idea

Many of the bourgeois rights grievances are a form of self-defence


K Marx / F Engels (The Communist Manifesto [1848], §3.II)

Book Reference

Marx,K./Engels,F.: 'The Communist Manifesto', ed/tr. Taylor,A.J.P. [Penguin 1973], p.113

A Reaction

…so don't try being nice to us. No TRUE bourgeois would actually want to help the proletariate… Nevertheless, he is probably largely right. Do we want the poor to suffer? No. Do we want them to be as rich as us? No!