Does the Marxist Perspective hold any Significance for Contemporary U.S. Society

The aim of this paper is to discuss whether the Marxist perspective holds any significance in the contemporary US society. It is important to understand that every new beginning comes from other beginnings end. Therefore the rise of the contemporary Marxist ideologies is as a result of the earlier perspectives that were pioneered by the earlier great philosophers like Karl Marx, Max Weber, Frediech Engels among others.

The Marxist perspective states that the causes of economic transgression are as a result of social conditions that empower the wealthy and the political heavy weights and which care less about the lower class members of the society (Quinney, 1977). This condition is what is referred to as capitalism.

The rise of contemporary Marxism is based on a modernization theory which states that the rise of modern spiritual, social and economic values in the 1960s and 1970s formed the basis of capitalist growth (Mielants, 2010).

Quinney (1977) argues that Marxist criminology, which is also known as radical criminology, was born as result of the historical state of affairs, among them the rise of the conflict theory in social science. The world is dynamic and change is inevitable, therefore the modern Marxist perspectives are an improvement of what was experienced in the early years. Furthermore, radical criminology is the cause of modern social, political and economic crimes.

Quinney (1977) further states that due to this, the gap between the rich and the poor has continued to widen and the rich have the means of getting lenient charges incase they are arraigned in court, unlike the lower class citizens.

The earlier Marxist views which were mainly capitalistic are the same witnessed in the contemporary US society. This can be witnessed in job creation sectors, distribution of wealth and the way law and justice is applied. The Marxist perspectives do hold significance and relevance in the modern US society.

Boquiren (2008) observes that the Marxist perspective on the economic crisis that rocked the US in 2008 was as a result of the inherent nature of capitalism. In addition, he says that there was a surplus of goods and services in the market due to capitalism, which arose as a result of competition between different players. He further states that the root cause was not purely economic but politicoeconomic factors.

The negative effects of the Marxist perspectives will be felt for many generations to come, the poor will remain poor and the rich will continue to thrive, the judicial system will continue to favor the wealthy and oppress the less fortunate, the political powers will remain in the hands of the tycoons and they will call the shots as the less fortunate watch from a distance.

Getting rid of private enterprise and introducing collectivism is the only way out of this.  This will ensure that there is equal distribution of wealth among the rich and poor. Liberating of the nation from capitalism will also create an equal platform for both political and social interactions. However, it is not easy to do away with capitalism since wealth and power is controlled and protected by a few rich.


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