1). Drawing from two (or more) of the following readings from Marx (Wage, Labor, and Capital; The Manifesto of the Communist Party; The Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts) elaborate and explicate Marx’s assessment and analysis of industrial capitalism. What are some of the unique/primary/defining characteristics of the capitalist system, characteristics that fuel it and that ensure its continued growth? Explore Marx’s assertion of the necessary relationship between these characteristics and growing inequality and rigidity of classes, specifically the increasing, and multiple layers/realities of exploitation, alienation, and de-humanization of the proletariat (the wage worker). Finally, wherein lies the potential for the overthrow of the capitalist system—revolution—how and what ways will revolution occur—and, for Marx, how does the demise of the capitalist system—and the potential for revolution—stem directly from capitalism’s own distinctive characteristics?
Minimum 5-page paper
I’ll provide the readings from Marx
· cite heavily throughout your paper—a good rule of thumb is two or more direct citations per page.
· You are required to include works cited page for your papers. There is NO required format for your works cited page, just as long as your list ALL sources (authors, texts, publication dates) you draw from in your paper, that is fine.