The ideas that had been set forth by Marx in the communist manifesto had an influence on many of the future communist and socialist thinkers such as Clara Zetkin, Vladimir Lenin, and Clara Zetkin. These individuals had different ideologies in relation to the Marxist perspective. Despite all that, they had some shared principles that are in line with what had first been established by Marx.
Some of the common perspectives that were shared among all of them was accepting the interpretation of Marx about the “the history of class struggles,” Marx had a belief that class struggles might become the key to progress, and the effect of this was the establishment of socialism.
They also believed that there was a widening division that was not close to ending between bourgeoisie who are referred to a capital class who were the owners of the various means of production as well as the proletariat who were referred to a class of workers that were mainly subjugated by many capitalists that were in existence. They also accepted that proletariat era as a class that was ruling was an occurrence that could not have evaded in the history of human beings. The only disagreement in place was how the main future would pass in the coming days.
Despite the common perspectives, the three individuals Clara Zetkin, Vladimir Lenin, and Clara Zetkin, had different perspectives. Edward Bernstein had a belief on the evolutionary socialism, Clara Zetkin is attributed for making various development that was political, and held that ladies are not supposed to fight on their own behalf. Lenin had a belief that people could only engage in the creation of the trade unions’ consciousness.
Edward Bernstein argued that the revolutionary notion of class war whereby those in the working call would engage in overthrowing the establishment is not a good idea for everyone, and this was not the best platform for pushing on issues that are related to politics. Such realities had made socialism to be associated with revolution. This paves the way for democrats such as Beinstein, who advocated for the use of democratic systems to foster change.
Bernstein did not follow the radicalism by Marx but still held on the fact that the socialist values were true. He argued that “I set myself against the notion that we have to expect a collapse of the bourgeois economy shortly,” He did not advocate for the obliteration of economic systems. He is quick to note that the middle-income individuals are very crucial for the economy but were never considered by Marx. He also argues that one of the best ways of achieving a society that was socialist was through swaying those in the middle class to accept the socialist idea, and the use of democracy was a better approach.