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  1. Introduction
  2. The corporate or business elites
  3. Their control over the 'working class'
  4. Karl Marx and the 'executive committee of the bourgeoisie'
  5. Conclusion
  6. Bibliography

As students, children of yesterday and today are being brought up to believe the United States is a ?Democracy?, and that we are a pluralistic society. We were taught the ?working class? had a say-so in elections and that power was widely distributed. This, however, is a myth. The fact is, power is held by only a few (an oligarchy). The elites in this oligarchy hold the power in big business and government offices are not for the interest of the common people or ?working class? whether it be health care, a good education, enough to eat, affordable housing etc?These elites or ?owning class? are out for profit and will use the ?working class? by paying low wages, outsourcing, cutting benefits, anything to make profits soar.

[...] is up. They sometimes act as spokesmen for corporate elites and/or gain seats in government administrations. These elites have control over the ?working class?. The government can make the decisions that effect the working class lives and corporations can make the calls that effect the lives of the working class such as set wages, outsource, pink slips etc And the common person which is what I will refer to as the ?working class? from here on, are in no position to take on these corporate capitalists. [...]

[...] In the meantime, these corporate capitalist elites say they are ?putting their money to work? when in all reality, they are pushing more production out of these uninformed couch potatoes and paying less wages while they kick back and watch their profits soar. At the same time, between housing costs, medical costs, the cost of food and lesser wages, the common person is almost worse off than they have been since the great depression. In the Communist-Manifesto, Karl Marx says that the state appears to be nothing but an ?executive committee (excomm) of the bourgeoisie.? The government is nothing but an executive committee; it may look like a government but it's just a committee that manages the country for the bourgeoisie (the middle class, a social group opposed to the proletariat in the class struggle; the capitalist class). [...]

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