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Unformatted text preview: Carter Whittington Jordan Radke SOCI 415 9 September 2011 Reading Notes 9/9 Heilbroner starts off by introducing Marxs Communist Manifesto and describes it as a program for the future. In the manifesto, Marx talks about how capitalism would inevitably fall apart. Heilbroner then gives background information comparing Marx and Engels, an Englishmen who Marx got a lot of his original ideas from. The ideas of dialectical materialism and the materialist conception of history are then introduced. These terms describe a system that stresses economics instead of philosophy by focusing on regulating the means of production and exchange. Marx says that societies are divided into classes and even though these classes and the people in them change over time, they are consistent in their relationship to production. He gives two reasons showing how the base and superstructure of capitalism conflict. Later in the excerpt Heilbroner talks about Marxs ideas on the relationship between labor and value saying...
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