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Lecture 10

Lecture 10

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Ivanka Knezevic

Class OutlineCourseSOCB42H3YLecture 21072010Topic The Communist ManifestoKey educational goalsoutcomes for todayUnderstand economic basis for Marxs belief that capitalism was doomed to fall apart and give way to communismUnderstand the central importance of private property in his vision of history and how it made him believe that proletariat was the bearer of a social project radically different from any other class project in historyApply Marxs dialectic understanding of social structure and agency on his project of communist revolutionReadingsMarx Karl and Friedrich Engels 2004 1848 The Communist Manifesto London PenguinQuestions to guide the readingto think about ahead of time for studentsWhat was the purpose of writing The ManifestoWhat is presented as the main force of historical development up to the time of writingHas the social role of the bourgeoisie always been reactionary ExplainHow is the petite bourgeoisie presented in The ManifestoHow is the proletariat different from all classes that struggled to change societies through historyWhat type of property will communism be based onWhat is your opinion of Marx and Engels concept of communism notwithstanding the likelihood of its realizationAGENDA FOR CLASSBook review due at the beginning of classIntroductionWe continue our discussion of political economy of capitalism and connect it with Marxs vision of the future of proletarian revolution and communist society You will see that at the time The Manifesto was written its authors believed the revolution to be inevitable and imminent Only later did Marx realize the effectiveness of bourgeois strategies of social conciliation
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