DSOC 101 9.4 - PAM 200 How does Marx think capitalism can...

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9/4/07 PAM 200 How does Marx think capitalism can be replaced by communitarianism? First technology must be incompatible with property laws, e.g., o Labor productivity must displace workers on a grand scale: “a robot can build a car, but it can’t buy a car” o The potential for environmental damage is too great to risk private ownership of technology Second, capital must “become an intolerable power, a power against which men make revolution” (p. 14) o We do stupid things with our life because society demands it, the system forces us into a way of life we don’t want- therefore, we want a new system People try to come together and change the system Third, “communitarianism is only possible all at once and simultaneously” (ie, it can’t happen in just one country) Social consciousness Consciousness is defined by how people think about their life, their goals, aspirations, and relationships In American society, we sometimes refer to an “American Dream” where everybody gets rewarded, at least to some extent, for “playing by the rules” For example, people go to college partly in search of opportunity- education is embedded in the opportunity system
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  • Fall '06
  • HIRSCHL,T.
  • Sociology, social consciousness, theory surplus value

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