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discussion 4 - Marx says “He is at home when he is not...

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I agree that Marx has many “compelling arguments” and I view his interpretation of the labor force and communism as a very idealistic point of view and I can really see why this theory works in theory and not in practice (collapse of Soviet Union). The description of labor is interesting with respect to many modern views that people share in the capitalist society in America. Many people do just work for a paycheck. They are trying to make money in order to survive and I have heard countless times that, “a job is just a job” or “work is not easy, that is why it is called work.” Many people in modern times in America have adopted an attitude that work is to pay for fun later and is more of a means to an end.
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Unformatted text preview: Marx says, “He is at home when he is not working, and when he is working he is not at home. His labour is therefore not voluntary, but coerced; it is forced labor” (p. 767). The human animal as a laboring animal is an interesting interpretation because we do labor in order to survive, but I think that this is an idea that our society has grown to be accustomed to. According to Marx, objectification is a good thing because the creation of objects is an extension of the human body. I can understand why he would say that, but I really don’t think many modern Americans would agree with this idea and would just say that a job is a job and something that pays the bills....
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