How can you explain the quote ‘The ruling ideas of each age have ever been the ideas of its ruling class’?

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The title quote in question is from the Communist manifesto originally published in 1848. This quote was written in the context of Marx and Engels explaining their theory of history and how economic forces influence legal and political superstructures. Marx didn’t explicitly explain his theory of history in great detail and as such has been constructed over a variety of different texts. G.A. Cohen’s interpretation of Marx’s theory of history is regarded as having the best account of detail, rigor and precision. Such reconstruction of the theory is based on Marx’s...
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