The Gundrisse paper - work, while still confining the...

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Ning Ma 20455261 The Grundrisse paper is a one of Marx’s core works. It covered a wide range of topics covered in some of his earlier works, including production, capitalism, technology, alienation, and the preconditions of a communist revolution. One of the fundamental ideas of the Grundrisse was on Marx’s idea of commodification. According to the Grundrisse, in the most advanced system of capitalism, everything will be considered a commodity. The Grundrisse also challenged the 20 th century Marxist views on capital and labor in “development of the rich individuality”. Specifically, it proposed the expansion of the “general intellect”, “general industriousness”, as well as reaching human needs beyond mere subsistence, as well as the shift from labor time to disposable time. Marx also notes the “civilizing influence of capital”, specifically in its ability to call of greater general education and in expanding horizons. Marx believe that capitalism has compelled general education of the working class in order to train them for the most varied types of
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Unformatted text preview: work, while still confining the working class to poverty and lack of security. Furthermore, the continued development of capital only increases the differentiation of labor. The conflicts that arise from capital create a cause for a revolution and call for a new society. In terms of capital, Marx believed that it could generate a working class that is capable of remaking society. As he put it simply, “just as production founded on capital creates universal industriousness on one side… so does it create on the other side a system of general exploitation of the natural and human qualities…” The Grundrisse calls for addressing the root of the problem, and for the replacement of a society where workers no longer suffer inhumane working conditions, but live in a society created by capital where wealth is measured by free time through the development of science and technology, as well as an increased appreciation of science and culture by the working class....
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This note was uploaded on 03/06/2012 for the course ISF 100A taught by Professor Klee during the Spring '07 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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