GS201 Tutorial Responses Michelle Owens
September 27, 2013
1. Marxism is often referred to as socialism. Many think he invented socialism. I
believe that he created and thought up the basis and foundation for socialism
to emerge. He did this with the help of Frederich Engles.
2. Marx thought that human nature was somewhat similar to Liberalism. They
both believed in the positives of humans. Marx thought that human nature
rarely changed at all throughout history. People are able to create their own
lives and wants.
3. Marx believed that for real social change two things were necessary. The
philosophy of his social theory was important. He felt people needed a real
materialistic understanding of the world and people’s relationships within it.
The goal of his work was to develop his theory. He wanted his thoughts to be
shared and penetrated into the minds of the people, and they would then
have the ability to emancipate themselves.
4. There are many problems that Marx considers the capitalist system obtains.
It creates social classes that separate people in society. He also mentions
alienation, which refers to how workers are completely separated from
society and their social lives and potential. Being oppressed this way creates
opportunity for them to be exploited and taken advantage of.
5. Karl Marx felt that the proletariats would lead the revolution. The
proletariats were workers who lived and worked in factories and sold their
labor power, which sparked the beginning of a capitalist system. Using
Marx’s theory, he said that the head (his theory) and the heart (the
proletariats) to set off the reaction of a social revolution The theory would
expose the proletariats to their oppression. Once they realized the severity of
their oppression, Marx’s theory would become a real force driving the
6. Karl Marx developed historical materialism. It focuses on development
socially and economically. It touches on many of the changes in how s