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Karl Marx's work "can be explained in five minutes, five hours, in five years or in a half century," wrote French political thinker Raymond Aron.According to Marx, this conflict at the heart of capitalism – of slaves against masters, serfs against landlords, workers against bosses – would inevitably cause it to self-destruct, to be followed by socialism and eventually communism.of the proletariatThis idea – which was coined by early socialist revolutionary Joseph Weydemeyer and adopted by Marx and Engels – refers to the goal of the working class gaining control of political power.According to Marx's theory of historical materialism, societies pass through six stages – primitive communism, slave society, feudalism, capitalism, socialism and finally global, stateless communism.Some scholars point out that Marx saw religion as only one of many elements explaining the enslavement of the proletariat and may have been surprised to see radical atheism become a core tenet of communist regimes.
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