- Jul 27, 2018
What do you think of the thesis that the bourgeoisie or entrepreneur class will die out of its own accord due to the diminishing role of the entrepreneur, that since it is much easier now than it has been in the past to do things that lie outside familiar routine, innovation itself is being reduced to routine. Thus the "adventure" of entrepreneurship is rapidly wearing away and the role will become obsolete. This is already well advanced in my opinion.My main interest in Marx is his method of analyzing what already exists. The Communist Manifesto is a kind of wish list of the Communist Party, rather than a serious work of analysis - as Das Kapital is. But, even so, the analysis of the bourgeoisie and their destruction of nations and cultures presented in the Manifesto is completely 100% accurate - as much today as in the 1860s, or even more so. Of course, the Manifesto is urging the Proletariat to rise up off their knees. But, the bourgeoisie has been very effective at putting off that day of judgement. It may come in an manner not expected by Marx. Perhaps a Global Caliphate will get the job done - Mohammad was a kind of Proto-Communist. Or maybe theocracies of other kinds. Personally, I think that's more likely than what Marx imagined might happen.
And put that next to what I believe to be the exaggeration of the antagonism between the two classes. Is not in normal times, in most cases, the relationship primarily one of cooperation? Sure there are pathological cases. But I think using these cases alone to "prove" the Marxian theory, ignoring the rest, is not a rational approach, but rather a "faith" approach.