Marxism vs. Randism Essay

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“From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs” is one of the most famous quotes found in the Communist Manifesto. When compared to a line in Ayn Rand’s book, Atlas Shrugged, that states, “man- every man – is an end in himself, not the means to the ends of others”, I believe that Marx’s quote better fits how society should be. As a whole, the quote promotes philanthropy and contentment, while Rand’s encourages selfishness. To me, the first part of Marx’s quote means that people should give to society the best they can according to their abilities. This fosters the financial and volunteer side of philanthropy. Philanthropy is a crucial part of today’s society; it gives people better lives. A personal example of …show more content…
The video also tells the story of the Hamilton family; both parents lost their jobs and now must rely on the government and charitable organizations to help feed and house their family. Marx’s quote stimulates philanthropy which is necessary to the bettering and survival of many. The second part of Marx’s quote, “to each according to his needs”, means that each person should only take from the community according to their needs. This quote does not mean that people ought to only fulfill their needs and not satisfy their wants. But rather, if one is not able to support oneself, then they should only be given enough to fulfill their needs. People should not depend on the government or charitable organizations to supply their wants. They should be content with merely having the needs met. It is can be hard to distinguish the difference between a want or need. Basically, if one needs it to survive it is indeed a need. Needs are food, clothing (basic clothing not special designer clothes), housing, medical care, and basic education. Anything else is a want. Even though it is nice to have a college education, it is not a need. There are millions of Americans that are surviving without a college degree. Wants might me nice, but they are not essential. I feel that several people abuse the welfare system and use it to fulfill their wants not needs. Learning how to be content is a very important life lesson and Marx’s quote

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