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O'Connor - Lauren Chambers Dr Cohn SOCI 205-970 17 March...

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Lauren Chambers Dr. Cohn SOCI 205-970 17 March 2008 James O’Connor’s Fiscal Crisis of the State The writings of Karl Marx are among some of the most influential in human history. Indeed, Das Kapital is actually discussed in depth Robert Downs’ Books that Changed the World . Today we have concluded that a good deal of what Marx wrote can be thrown out completely; however, some of the ideas he discussed in his writings are of enough relevance that several generations of sociologists and political economists have made careers of revamping such ideas in the creation of a new form of political ideology—Neo-Marxism. Among such people is James O’Connor. In The Fiscal Crisis of the State , he presents his own Neo-Marxist ideology, discussing numerous aspects of America’s fiscal state, with his primary thesis being, “The state grows because it grows” (xv). Positive Critique All in all, the arguments O’Connor presents in his book are good. They are logical, very well developed, and lacking in no way sufficient detail and explanation. One argument which I found particularly compelling has to do with taxation and how it is divided among the masses. With particular relevance as we draw closer to yet another Tax Day, the truth of his argument, one written thirty-five years ago, still remains, and that is this: The Monopoly Sector pays almost no taxes, pushing the tax burden of our country onto middle class Americans.
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