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Questions to consider for the next meeting

user 7685235
Dayton, OH
Post #: 68
In our last meeting all gave very insightful ideas as to their understanding of Karl Marx.

In particular, I thought that Cathy, Spencer, and Mike brought up issues that I think lead naturally into our study of the Communist Manifesto.

In the Manifesto, Marx is more explicit as to what he is thinking and what he hopes to attain. In reading it I would like to group to think about

1) The importance of private property which is what Cathy brought up.

a) What does private property represent that causes Marx to see it in such a heinous way?
Hint. Marx is particular about the type of private property which is considered very bad. Consider what Mike said about wage labor and how Marx hates this.

b) The call of the Communist Manifesto to eliminate private property represents to Marx a deeper more ontological desire which is tied to his conception of species being. What is it?

2) Spencer brought up the strong link of Marx to Hegel. In particular, he pointed out how Marx used the template of the master-slave relationship in his philosophy.

a) What is the role of alienation in class conflict between bourgeoisie and proletariat? Are both alienated and therefore do both suffer from the Hegelian 'false consciousness' that lies within the structure of the master-slave relationship.

b) How is communism the cure? In what way is the Communist Manifesto instrumental in promoting human freedom in a Hegelian sense?

c) In what way is Marx trying to fight against a state of nature created by capitalism that is somewhat Hobbesian?
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