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RQ karl marx poli 2060

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Marco A. David Poli 2060 Reading Questions Karl Marx: The Communist Manifesto 1. Marx states that Communism is already in 1848 acknowledged by all European Powers to be itself a Power (pg 448). Why then is it that it takes until 1918 for a Communist Party to take over a country? If it was so powerful at that time, would it not have been even more powerful 70 years later? Why, if it was such a Power, did the Communist Revolution not sweep over the world like it was supposed to? 2. Marx mentions how exploitation in feudal times used to be veiled by religious and political illusions, but that it was substituted by naked, shameless, direct and brutal exploitation (pg 450). Does he really think that previous exploitation was acceptable because it was not direct? Why is he glorifying feudal times when obviously they were not kind to the working class either? Is he only making this
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Unformatted text preview: contrast to make current exploitation conditions appear to be worse, when in reality exploitation is still exploitation no matter how you mask it? 3. Marx writes that the bourgeoisie “has accomplished wonders far surpassing Egyptian pyramids, Roman aqueducts, the Gothic cathedrals; it has conducted expeditions that put in the shade all former Exoduses of nations and crusades”(pg 450). If someone read only in this excerpt would the reader not believe that Marx admired the bourgeoisie? Why does he not directly criticize the bourgeoisie? 4. Marx is wrong when he says that in earlier epochs, over-production would have been an absurdity and an epidemic(pg 452). Did he forget how man used to over-produce crops that could be stored? Was this storing of crops not only wise but also a necessity? 5....
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