Marxism is a system or philosophy of political, social and economic theories, based on the works of Karl Marx and Friederich Engles and is the basis of communism. One of the central themes of Marxism is the development of a classless society that will be preceded by a forceful overthrowing of the outdated class structure by the process of socialism. The classless society will govern itself without a governing class or structure. This idea stems from the historical struggle between classes, mainly the capitalists (bourgeoisie) and the workers (proletariat), wherein the few rich people attempt to gain control over the means of production from the "masses." Marxism believes that the only solution to this struggle is the elimination of the control of the economy by private ownership; everything should belong to the state and the people, all equal to each other.