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University of Toronto St. George
Bob Andersen

SOC297 Mar9 2011Goals of the LectureDecline of class politicsDemocratic class struggle voting o Communist manifesto o Post ww2 class conflict and compromise they got it through voting rather than revolution which is what Marx thought would happen o Power resources theoryTheories for class votingRole of social and political contextArguments for a decline in class politicsGrusky and Weedens new approach Marx and Engels Communist ManifestoKarl Marx and Friedrich Engels 1848One of the most influential manuscripts ever writtenThe history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles fight over resources however they are distributedCall to working class to revolt against capitalism o Predicts exploitation will become too much leading to greater working class consciousness and finally revolution will become a class foritself rather than just initself o Once the working class has achieved power a Communist society will be formed o State will no longer be needed and the wither awayPrecursor conditions leading to communism o 1Abolition of private land an ownership all rent public funds o 2Progressive or graduated income tax o 3Abolition or inheritance doesnt exist and is possibly the biggest contributor to inequality there is greater wealth inequality than income inequalitybc of inheritance o 4Confiscation of property of emigrants and rebels o 5National bank with exclusive monopoly and centralization of credit o 6State centralization of transport and communication o 7Stateowned factories and instruments of productiono 8Equal obligation of all to work o 9Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries gradual abolition of all distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the populace over the country o 10Free public school education for all children and abolition of child factory labour
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