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According to Karl Marx, organizations are battlegrounds in which power and control are...

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lonestargirl56 | Student, Professional | Valedictorian

Posted July 8, 2013 at 9:27 PM via web

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According to Karl Marx, organizations are battlegrounds in which power and control are the primary areas of contention. State whether or not these power and control differences exist. Also, how does this condition enhance the meaning of the statement that "the rich get richer and, the poor get poorer"? 

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 8, 2013 at 9:42 PM (Answer #1)

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I certainly think that Marx would say that there are definite differences between power and control in organizations that are predicated upon capitalism.  For Marx, this is the essence of his argument.  Simply put, Marx sees history as the unfolding of dialectical materialism.  A part of this is that there has always been a group of individuals that have owned the means of production and those who have been relegated to the outside in this process.  Power and control have been the primary areas of contention in which those who own the means of production have flexed their considerable muscle in maintaining their own sense of privilege at the top of this social construction.  Marx sees capitalism has having accelerated this process to a point where the numbers simply don't support sustainability.  It is in this regard where the obscene amount of wealth in those who own the means of production and the obscene poverty in the lives of those who don't will collide and give way to a new vision.

For Marx, this condition where organizations predicated upon capitalism are battlefields for control and power by those who own the means of production is where the rich get richer and the poor become poorer.  Marx sees capitalism as relatively fixed in terms of whose lives will improve.  If one represents power and control in the ownership of the means of production, it becomes a condition in which the rich will not merely stay rich, but actually become richer.  Capitalism will make more money for those in the position of economic power.  The converse is something that Marx sees as true, also.  Those who have been relegated to the point of economic hardship will continue to endure this as it will worsen before action is taken to make it better, in Marx's theory.

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