In the Communist Manifesto, Marx says that human beings make things in order to meet their needs. Because making things is so fundamental to who we are, Marx thinks the economic time into which we are born determines the tradition and customs of our lives. The technology for how we make things—the means of production—has changed throughout history, altering our traditions and customs. Marx says that what has remained the same is that the ruling class exploits the making capabilities of the ruled, alienating them from the fruits of their labor in order to hoard it all for themselves.
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Traditions and customs ultimately come from the struggles between economic classes.
Struggles between economic classes aren't the ultimate source of traditions and customs.