How did the rise of capitalism lead to the development of communism?Can anyone help me answer the question how the rise of capitalism lead to the development of communism?This is one paragraph of a...

How did the rise of capitalism lead to the development of communism?

Can anyone help me answer the question how the rise of capitalism lead to the development of communism?

This is one paragraph of a long essay and the only area I'm struggling on, I've submitted it twice, every other area has come back perfect but the grader keeps saying I need to provide more details on how the rise of capitalism lead to the development of communism. 

I've tried researching it as I'm not familiar with this subject at all, but I'm finding information that is more vague than mine was to begin with. Please help!

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Of course, I do not know what you have written so far that has been insufficient, but hopefully I can help you even so.

The rise of capitalism helps to bring about communism (in Marx’s eyes, at least) because it creates a new sort of economy.  In this new economy, there are many workers in big factories.  These are people who had once been peasants but who moved to the cities with the beginning of the capitalist, industrialized economy.  These people are exploited by the people who own the factories.  The workers do all the work, Marx says, and the owners get the great majority of the profits that are created by that work.  This is unfair and makes workers angry.  At the same time, the new system alienates workers from their work.  They are no longer working (Marx says) because they enjoy what they do.  Now, they are simply working because they must.  They get no joy or satisfaction from their work.

Because capitalism leads to these conditions, it will lead to communism.  The workers will eventually all see that they are being exploited and they will eventually rise up, throw off capitalism, and create a communist system. 

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