Karl Marx explains his view on exploitation and alienation in terms of the unfair treatment that can be felt by those that are working for those known as the bourgeoisie. When items made by people turn into commodities ready to be bought and sold, there are distinct roles that people take on. There are those that create the product who are the proletariats who have at times the most input with the actual product. They see the resources that will come together to make the product and see to it that they do their particular job to make each of those products as it moves through the system of the company. But there are the bourgeoisie that mostly would be on the ownership roles of the whole endeavourer which can include the owners of the natural resources used in the very beginning of the process, or the owners of the finished product that uses those resources. They have, at times, very little input with the actual product, yet they seem to make the most when it comes to profits and rewards. The workers that make the products are many times stationed in assembly lines which has in more recent times seen changes in the form of the introduction of machines to make the products faster than workers could. The alienation that Marx feels workers experience range from the work they do, to the product they make as well as the other workers around them and species-being to round up the four forms of alienation. These can all be felt or just a few, but none of them make the work environment that makes the worker feel like a priority, instead the workers are being made to feel like a number which is where many of the assembly line work is leading to. This is, however, a system that works out for the owners, the bourgeoisie, who have eyes for profits and for creating products that can be made by cheap labor who are the workers. Labor is the cheapest resource in terms of rewarding various input factors in any economic activity. The role of the proletariat is being marginalized by innovation in the manufacturing process. The major impact is focused on reducing the human labor input.
An example of assembly line work is the production of cars, where there are robots that do majority of the assembly work. The rewards for the labor aspect is very small compared to the ownership of resources and the power to bring about the manufacturing facility as an economic enterprise. With increasing populations around the world and reduced roles for the laborers, it leads to more workers available to work and less actual work for them resulting in even less rewards for the workers. While the owners of the cars made will experience more gains as they get the cars made on the assembly lines for cheaper wages. This makes the bourgeoisie viewed as exploiters and the proletariats as the exploited, leading to the bourgeoisie not being very popular. Having more proletariats than bourgeoisie tends to also not work in the bourgeoisie’s favor because there are that many more people who are not happy with their working conditions which are set by these owners of resources.