Essay on The German Worker

The rapid industrialization of Germany contributed to consistent socioeconomic changes as the nation grow more and more aware of its power. At the same time, the large part of German society, workers, was in the oppressed position, while the upper class held the full control over the political and economic life of the country. The ongoing industrialization was accompanied by the increased exploitation of German workers. However, German workers had grown conscious of their significance for the national economy. They became aware of the fact that without them the upper class was nothing because the upper class was non-productive class, while the national wealth was created by hands of workers. In such a situation, workers naturally felt a profound contempt in relation to representatives of the upper class and they believed that the situation in Germany will change soon as workers expected to play the leading part in further changes which were expected in Germany, while many workers believed in the revolutionary way of changing their oppressed position and the liberation of working people from chains of capitalism.

The wide gap between the upper class and the working class in Germany persisted and made them absolutely different and antagonistic. On the one hand, there was the upper class, which comprised a tiny share of the total population, while the working class comprised the overwhelming majority of the population. Workers felt their quantitative superiority and believed in their ability to change their position for better, as they observed deep transformations in German society and the growing demand on the labor force as the industrialization in Germany boosted.

The life of workers was extremely hard and in many instances unbearable. They had to work hard but got next to nothing, while representatives of the upper class appropriated the lion share of profits brought by the hard labor of German workers. In such a way, unbearable conditions of work juxtaposed to the privileged position of the upper class. Hence, German workers felt a profound contempt in relation to representatives of the upper class since they believed that the latter did nothing but possessed all, while workers worked hard and possessed nothing. The sense of profound injustice in existing German society made German workers eager to rebel against the existing social order to change it for a better one.

German workers saw no future for the upper class but they had no illusions concerning their possibility to join the upper class. Moreover, they were not even willing to become one of them. They just wanted the overall improvement of the position of the working class because this was the class they felt unity with and they could not imagine themselves beyond that class. In fact, workers felt as if they were a nation within the nation. They believed that the existing social order cannot exist for a long time because a few cannot rule by millions of people, whose position is desperate and they have virtually nothing to lose.

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