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  • 9:02 am on October 19, 2010 | 0 Permalink
    Tags: Gintis, marx

    Anyone catch Herb Gintis last night? I saw the majority of the Sociology department there and thought he gave an interesting lecture. One point he tried to make was that capitalism makes people more fair. He also said modern market economies are strong promoters of freedom, dignity, tolerance and democracy. I thought it was interesting that he was a Marxist for years and now seems to be on the “other team” with views that seem to be totally opposite of what Marx would have thought.

    I really wasn’t able to follow his arguments on why though. Was anyone there who better understood and could clarify?

     
  • 9:33 pm on September 20, 2010 | 3 Permalink
    Tags: marx

    Ideas from theory class outside of theory class. A few days ago I went to Panera with Sam. She had her Panera Rewards Card waiting before the cashier even asked for it. The cashier said to her, “Oh, great. I love it when people have their card ready. I hate having to ask if they have a rewards card, it makes me feel like a robot.” Of course I don’t wait until we get to a table to mention Marx ideas of dehumanizing, repetitive labor leaving the cashier with a puzzled look on his face and Sam slightly embarrassed.

    But the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. In the past there was a heavy emphasis on repetitive labor, labor that Marx thought didn’t allow people to express themselves, labor that dehumanized workers. With social change we were able to create better, more humane working conditions. Yet today you can find repetitive labor still lingering. One example that comes to mind to me is in training videos at restaurants that teach employees to repeat greetings and offers to customers.

    Where else do we see labor of this nature? Is it an issue today? Was Marx right?!

     
  • 11:54 am on September 9, 2010 | 8 Permalink
    Tags: Atheist, marx

    As we briefly touched on in class today Marx was… dare I say… an atheist. Yet he often would refer to god/gods in his works. I’m curious your take on his beliefs and the influence it had on his philosophies. Did Marx go out of his way to explain ‘God’ as a product of man simply to refute Hegel’s ideas? Did he really believe that religion was a tool used to hold back the masses?

    I’ll leave you with a quote that many of you are probably familiar with, but in the full context, just as food for thought.

    “Religious distress is at the same time the expression of real distress and the protest against real distress. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of a spiritless situation. It is the opium of the people. The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is required for their real happiness. The demand to give up the illusion about its condition is the demand to give up a condition which needs illusions.” – Marx

     
  • 9:42 am on August 31, 2010 | 0 Permalink
    Tags: marx, test,

    This is a test

     
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