Marx and Human Rights

In capitalist society where social relations according to Marx are unjust, legal and political ideology that rises from this society stems from this injustice while masking it: the legal system of capitalist society claims to achieve universal justice with the Rights rights, when in fact it merely reflects the economic interests: the human Rights guaranteeing private ownership of means of production only make possible the exploitation of man by the human rights: human Rights are for Marx of “bourgeois rights” or selfish because they are purely formal (theoretical) and do not guarantee any real social justice: that means eg. property rights for the one who has nothing? The right to work for someone who is unemployed? The right to security for those who are starving? These rights proclaimed legal equality (abstract) but do not give themselves the means of concretely real justice to Marx who is also economic. The human rights are proclaimed, but they are not guaranteed (formal democracy-real democracy). For Marx, the concept of equal rights in a capitalist society is nothing but an illusion based on an unjust principle: the general idea of ​​an “equal right” actually hides the real social inequalities.

Cite this article as: Tim, "Marx and Human Rights, April 6, 2012, " in Philosophy & Philosophers, April 6, 2012,

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