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There are particular portions of the text we concentrated on yesterday. In particular, we looked at in Part I, the section in which Marx describes where profit comes from in a capitalist system, in Part I, the section where Marx describes commercial crises, which he sees as the evidence for the oncoming collapse of capitalism, in Part I, the sections in which Marx describes why wages will (inevitably) be driven down, and unions formed, in Part I, the sections that describe Marx's attitude toward the peasants, the lower middle class, etc. We also talked a little bit about the ideas of dialectical materialism introduced in Part II: “The theoretical conclusions of the Communists are in no way based on ideas or principles that have
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Unformatted text preview: been invented, or discovered, by this or that would-be universal reformer. Does it require deep intuition to comprehend that man's ideas, views, and conceptions, in one word, man's consciousness, changes with every change in the conditions of his material existence, in his social relations and in his social life? What else does the history of ideas prove, than that intellectual production changes its character in proportion as material production is changed? The ruling ideas of each age have ever been the ideas of its ruling class. Make sure you are familiar with all portions of the text we discussed, and what we said about them in class. I will use your answers, as well as my own comments, to prepare the midterm questions....
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