Htown77, the 1800s led to the greatest era of wealth and freedom in history. Marx didn't write what he did because things were bad or were getting worse. He did it because he had a certain belief system, which by the way was built on an incorrect view of society, history, and economy. He was quite a know nothing. Also, extremist capitalism didn't create child labor. Child labor was the norm from ancient times. Everyone on the farm worked from as young an age as possible. It was through the material progress humans enjoyed through extreme capitalism that led to the idea that maybe children shouldn't have to work so hard so young.