Proletariat

Class of wage-earners / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The proletariat (/ˌprlɪˈtɛəriət/; from Latin proletarius 'producing offspring') is the social class of wage-earners, those members of a society whose only possession of significant economic value is their labour power (their capacity to work).[1] A member of such a class is a proletarian or a proletaire. Marxist philosophy regards the proletariat under conditions of capitalism as an exploited class[2]forced to accept meager wages in return for operating the means of production, which belong to the class of business owners, the bourgeoisie.

Karl Marx (1818-1883) argued that this capitalist oppression gives the proletariat common economic and political interests that transcend national boundaries,[3] impelling them to unite and to take over power from the capitalist class, and eventually to create a communist society free from class distinctions.[4]

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