In this paper I will explore Foucault’s critique of Marx’s concept of power. For Marx, power stems from economic relations. That is why Marx considers the bourgeois class as the source of power. Additionally and necessarily he views power as exploitative. Under these circumstances the only viable way turns out, to Marx, is to capture the power centers by bloody revolution. Once the bourgeois class bleeds out power will become soft and the society would be free. I argue that Marx’s concept of power is defective, fallacious, obsolete and dangerous. In contrast to Marx I will try to demonstrate that Foucault’s view of the same is relatively mature, practical and useful for a balanced and fuller understanding of modern society. Marx’s exposition of power is challenged on account of its poor methodology, weak empirical foundation, lack of relevance to the modern society and uselessness. Because of these reasons I conclude that transforming modern society under the influence of Marx’s thought might be dangerous.
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