Marx, Weber, Durkheim, and Simmel: the Individual & Society
However, by understanding their common situation of forced poverty the proletariat would eventually be able to confront the bourgeoisie by forming as a "class for itself" instead of a dispersed "class of itself" (Marx #11 p. 252). Marx felt that the class antagonism between capitalist and workers was the basic conflict that would last as long as capitalism. Inevitably, this would cause an extreme polarization of the classes, leading eventually to the revolution that would destroy capitalism itself, and thus spell the end of all class society (Marx #11 p. 246-247).
The revolution would initially lead to a Socialist society in which the proletariat would control the state (Marx #11 p. 261). The two classes would still struggle, but eventually the struggle would recede and the classes dissolve. As class boundaries broke down, the state apparatus would wither away (Marx #11 p. 262). According to Marx, the main task of the state apparatus is to uphold the power of the ruling class; but without any classes there would be no need for a state (Marx #11 p.247). That would lead to the classless, stateless Communist society. While Marx views the relationship between the individual and society