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Lecture 11 2/21/11 HIS 208 Continuing with Engels In the middle was a moderate group Wanted to begin a reform Were philosophically influenced by Benthem Believed that there should be some gov’t oversight, an invisible hand Try to achieve the greatest good for the greatest number Engels was the most radical on the left side of the political spectrum Clearly where he belongs Because of his association with Marx and communism His passion, language, his iconoclastic tone Other, more subtle reasons Claims that the proletariat are passive victims Don’t have free will Act because of overwhelming pressures Are in no way responsible for their behaviors Pg 129 Without work, they starve, can’t pay rent, live in pigstyle conditions Have no choice but to behave the way they do Doesn’t list the things that need to be reformed in a piecemeal way Doesn’t focus on the surface, looks beneath the surface, behind the curtain Focuses on the roots, which are often economical, and tries to change those
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