Class Struggle Simplified*









Feudalism

Capitalism

Socialism

Past

Present

Future






Ruling Class
King and Lords

Bourgeois

Working Class






Also known as
Traditional Leadership, Monarchy, Autocracy, Tsarism

Capitalists, Bosses, Burgers, Free Enterprise

Proletariat






Characteristic
Fixed, static, hierarchical, brain-dead.

At first, revolutionary and progressive, later conservative and reactionary

Revolutionary






Ideology
Superstition, mysticism, idealism, religion, scholasticism.

At first, humanist, rational, scientific, then later irrational, idealist, obscurantist.

Materialist, humanist, dialectical, progressive.






Location
Rural

Urban

Reunites town & country






Relations
Violence and paternalism. Private land-ownership hardly allowed.

Capital exploits labour (ownership private, production social).

Social (alienation of production from ownership is ended).






Production
Basic

Industrial

Advanced






Origin
Roman Empire (slavery, idle proletariat, military)

Towns within feudalism

Capitalist organisation of labour.






Usual Alliances
Imperialism, finance capital

At first, proletariat. Later, feudal remnants

Against feudalism - the bourgeoisie. Against Imperialism - the national bourgeoisie.






Final form
Constitutional Monarchy

Imperialism

Communism






Co-exists with
Capitalists in towns, free peasants and petty bourgeois.

Proletariat, petty bourgeois, lumpen-proletariat, feudal remnants.

Remains of all previous classes. Socialism works to abolish class division altogether.






The State
Globalist hierarchy with the Pope at the top.

Nation-state with monopoly of violence.

Nation-state as defence against Imperialism; but after world-wide abolition of class, no state as we know it is required.










































*N.B. Class struggle is never simple!

A full set of political economies (modes of production) would go from Primitive Communism (Savagery) through Barbarism, Slavery, Feudalism, Capitalism and Socialism to Communism again.