HOMT Section Notes

HOMT Section Notes - 23:00 Tuesday,January4,2011...

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23:00 Tuesday, January 4, 2011 Section Week 1 T.R. Malthus: An Essay on the Principle of Population  I PROGRESS o Wages are increasing; More people have jobs o By productivity (produce more), the price of the products go down  o Smith’s definition of productivity o improvement in society is possible by individual’s input- lack of censorship) o Move towards a more democratic and Republican state  o For the first time, gov’t works for the public good (what is best for everyone is  society) o Mastering nature – part of human misery (inequality etc) results because we  have not yet mastered nature o Malthus says the 18 th  century ends on a grim note: humans toward progress is  wrong o Utopianism is impossible (idealistic thinking is faulty or counterproductive) –  one is distracting/wasting time and resources for “reaching for the stars”  i. Ie. Trying to reach social equality is impossible, thus trying to is a  waste of time – draws on the strength of mind and body (117) ii. Trying to achieve the best will cause disillusionment – people will be  disappointed if “utopia” fails  o Karl Marx argues that if “idealism” is gone, then there will be revolution i. People need to have hope that social equality is possible  (attainable) or they will go against the gov’t (no hope)
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This note was uploaded on 01/29/2012 for the course GE CLUSTER HOMT taught by Professor Cooper during the Fall '11 term at UCLA.

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