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Unformatted text preview: Week 4: Classical Theories of Class Sept. 13, 2010 Marx • The Proletariat’s Alienation o From productive activity o From the product o From coworkers o From human potential • The Nature of Capitalism o Exploitation is necessary part of capitalism. The capitalist system is the primary cause of alienation Luis commented: It’s not Wal ­ Mart’s fault • Class and Politics o Capitalism is an economic system and a system of power o Political power is transformed into economic relations • “A Class for itself” (Versus “a class in itself”) o “The proletarian movement is the self ­conscious, independent movement of the immense majority, in the interests of the immense majority”. the moment a class has a struggle, there is a sense of class consciousness produces a new system that is not contingent with private property ”a class in itself” has the potential to become “a class for itself” ...
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