POLI 364 - Lecture #2 (Jan 12th)

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Marxism relationship between radical politics and workers movements. " " unionization movements political vs economic struggle. As the original anti-capitalist, marx can be seen in all subsequent strains of anti-capitalist thought. Emancipation from wage-slavery -> therefore, concern is not primarily economic, for those prerequisites supports political political, but socio- subjugation and makes it possible. Argued that labour had been made subordinate to capital. Capitalism produces goods for sale at a profit -> marx believes that capitalism depends on the wage-labourer, people whose labour does not result in proprietorship of the product that they created. Conditions: labourers must be free, labourers must sell their labour power. Capitalism began when surfs and peasants moved off their land, and must then sell their labour to others for survival. Capitalism continues because wage labourers never earn enough to be able to leave the labour market; they can never become independent.

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