Marx and Mill theoretical themes

Social status and power are major components of the theory of stratification. The stratification that reflects the social status and power. The power of a person can be shown in a social order and their status in the economy in their class and also in their political position within their parties. The social class and status determine the distribution of the power in the society. Power and social status rarely affect the individual areas but also deal with the influence over the area to others. Social status involves the property and assets which a person has, that is, the economic status. The respect which a person has from another member of the society also determine the person’s economic status.

On matters of power, is referred to the aptitude of people or groups to achieve their goals. Marxism class theory places an individual position at the class level which is determined by their role in the production process. The theory argued that the political and ideological observer is determined by their class position. The conscious interest of the people with the same economic interest and the engagement of the collective interest which improved their interest. Marx theory shows the structure of the production process form on the basis of class formation. Generally, the theory is based on the method of production and the labor power control of other people. On the other hand, mill theory explains how Mill believed that capitalism is all right if it has no negative effects on the people. If at times the capitalism begins to hurt the people, the government is allowed to step in for the help.

The Mill theory explained the virtual of socialism which considered implementing them into the system of the economy. The main goals of this theory justify the utilitarian principle as the foundation of morals. Mill put most of his focus on the outcome of actions. The theory is viewed on the freedom of the will and the justification of punishment. Mill and Karl’s theories share the same premises which progresses in the possible and that humanity has the capacity to move it forward. In the Marx theory, progress is explained through his account of historic materials which placed some changes in the economic system which is determined by the technological change. Mill also acknowledges the existence of progress. However, he did not use the change in the economic system (Weng, 2017). On political front Mill, perceives the assertion on influence from individuals to crowds in changing the standing of the state. The two theory argues that, even when the conception of freedom differs, there exist freedom by the end of the tunnel.

Mill and Karl’s theories show the necessity of progressing in differences. They both give an account of the human natures tendency for self-development. The difference between the two theories is that the understanding of human association with the community and the advocate of change is different. Marx expressed freedom as the development in human capacity while in capitalism labor is a marketable commodity.

In conclusion, Marx and Mill’s theories have interest in freedom which shares the interest and the premises which progress in possibility where the value of human nature have a well-cultivated self-value. At last the two theory have a different conclusion. The two theories are mainly explaining the social status of an individual and how he or she he interrelate with each other. The power and the position of the person in the community. In many communities the social status of a person is the main determinant of the position of that person in power.


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