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    What Is Marxism?

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    Far from being exhausted, Marxism is still very young, almost in its infancy; it has scarcely begun to develop. It remains, therefore, the philosophy of our time. We cannot go beyond it because we have not gone beyond the circumstances which engender it. J.P. SARTRE, Search for a method (NY 1968) p. 29 Introduction Living in times which Francis Fukuyama famously described as the ‘end of history’, when the last great bastions of communism fell together with the Berlin wall more than 20 years…

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    will begin with a clear and concise definition of historical materialism through Engels’s perspective. Later, it will touch upon the fundamental contradiction of capitalism, as written within his paper. The essay will also explain two particular contradictions that arise from the fundamental contradiction of capitalism. Finally, it will further explain Engels’s predictions based on the outcomes of this system. Historical materialism is a concept Engels included within his article, Theoretical…

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    thus making the goods be a part of social production rather than an individual appropriation. (Engels, 99) Social order is greatly influenced by the capitalist mode of production and the mode of exchange. Capitalism is the product of historical materialism, which is how the basic principles of production came to be and hence came the realm of free competition, freedom of movement, equal rights of commodity…

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    Materialism Analysis

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    Materialism: Advantage to Human Kind All of mankind likes property. In a more versatile term, every man likes wealth. Wealth drives the existence of human kind. It is important for survival to be driven by wealth. Supporting the provided quote, significant possessions that build an estate around an individual for a long period of time, like property, money in the bank, a large home, etc., keeps a healthy relationship between an individual and society. Some may be in denial that humans are…

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    3. ANALYSIS Based on Marx’s concepts in Marxist criticisms written in the theoretical framework above, the Marxism of the necklace will be analyzed. 3.1 Economic Power in “The Necklace” “The Necklace” short story gives us clear image about society in which the distribution of goods are unfair. Mathilde described as a woman who has no skill or even commodity to sell for. She has only beautiful face and appearance that she uses to attract her husband who has similar status to her. She has no…

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    Negatives Of Materialism

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    happiness, and once that ends they need to buy another product. Eventually from buying and buying and buying people may end up in debt and what was first intended for happiness may cause sadness and depression due to looking for happiness from materialism. Also when being materialistic this means that people will be less inclined to be social. A quote that I believe is relevant is “Chase after money and security and your heart will never unclench. Care about people’s approval and you will…

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    Characteristics Of Marxism

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    This essay will discuss the major features and debates around the Marxist approach to society, where society is based upon conflict between groups, such as the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’ (Sociology Central, 2005). It will do this by going into details of Marxism and criticism from the 1930’s to the 1980’s. This will include, but is not limited to the theory of hegemony by Gramsci; Dunayevskaya’s discovery of state capitalism in the Soviet Union; Baran and Sweezy on monopoly capitalism and…

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    Why is responsibility such a significant theme in An Inspector Calls? In An Inspector Calls, the central theme is responsibility. Priestley uses the Inspector as a representative to voice his opinions on the main theme and the idea of socialism. Throughout the play, he presents each character with a role of responsibility and tries to make them aware, through the Inspector, that they are all guilty of Eva's death. The Inspector wants The Birlings to share their responsibility; Priestley's focus…

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    Theory in Action: How Adam Smith and Marx & Engels understand UberX business model Uber, a smartphone application connecting Uber drivers and customers directly, enables customers to request an Uber cab to pick them up on site by simply tapping on their screen. Recently, Uber Company is undergoing waves of protests from drivers of UberX, a subdivision service of Uber in which drivers use their own vehicles. Drivers contend that they are earning much less than the company claims. This paper will…

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    Friedrich Engels wrote The Condition of the Working Class to express his view of how the middle class pictured workers in 19th century England. He argued that while industry and commerce was abundant and thriving, he realized industrialists fed on the association of the accumulation of wealth and the dwindling of wealth. When discussed upon the standard accepted definition of economic strength, it suggested Engels was fabricating his personal accounts with the concept of societal separation. The…

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