Ruling class ruling ideas

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Skylar Hochberg Section 1 Lisa Cimbulak Karl Marx once said, “The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas, i.e. the class which is the ruling material force of society, is at the same time its ruling intellectual force. The class which has the means of material production at its disposal, has control at the same time over the means of mental production, so that thereby, generally speaking, the ideas of those who lack the means of mental production are subject to it.” The documentary Taken for a Ride exemplifies the fact that the ideas of an entire society can be largely influenced by the ideas of the small economic elite. Through describing the manner in which the national highway lobby and General Motors were able to dismantle and destroy the cost effective and environmentally friendly trolley systems that existed in many large cities in the United States, and replace these systems with a cost ineffective and environmentally detrimental system of highways with an
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