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POLI 1100

Communist Manifesto (1848) Note: Below I cite old page numbers. These are not updated to the latest edition of Love’s text. Key points:  sklfjdakslfds  dskfjdsklfjd?? 1. History as a history of class struggle. {Quote} “The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles” (p. 250). 2. Class antagonism and struggle in capitalist society a. Capitalism “simplifies” class divisions. Quote “Society … is more and more splitting up into two great classes…: Bourgeoisie and Proletariat” (p. 250). Bourgeoisie. Proletariat. b. M’s theory of the state: “Each step in the development of the bourgeoisie was accompanied by a corresponding political advance of that class. … The executive of the modern State is but a committee for managing the common affairs of the whole bourgeoisie” (p. 251). c. Capitalism as a global system {Quote} “The bourgeoisie cannot exist without constantly revolutionizing the instruments of production …” (p. 252). d. Great productivity of capitalism. Quote: “The bourgeoisie, during its rule of scarce one hundred years, has created more massive and more colossal productive forces than have all preceding generations together” (p. 253). 3. Class conflict and exploitation under capitalism a. Development of the bourgeoisie –> development of the proletariat as a class. b. Exploitation under capitalism {Quote} “does wage-labor creat
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