IR Notes Week of 2.22
IR Notes Week of 2.22 PSCI 2223
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Date Created: 02/25/16
Lecture 2/22/16 2/25/16 4:26 PM Marxism -Intellectual origins • à developed as a critique of 19 thcentury of capitalism Problems with Capitalism (19 thCentury): • Monopolies • Mistreatment of workers • Expensive goods Marx, Engels (Lenin, Mao) An Economic Theory: • Economics is a relationship between two classes o The owners of the means of production (the exploiters) o The producers (the exploited) Who Benefits from Economic Relations? • Inevitable and fixed zero-sum outcomes • No room to change social class • Does not allow everyone to benefit- exploiters benefit themselves and exploited benefit the exploiters. Politics • An outgrowth of the economic relations between the two classes o Role of the state? § State= tool of the oppressor Core à exploiters Periphery à exploited -Ware as an outgrowth of class-based systems • wars sought to acquire (or protect) wealth, resources, and markets -Similar view of other international interactions -Trade done to increase profits and push wages down -10s developed to keep poorer countries down Keeping less developed states in the perpetual cycle of being less developed Lecture 2/24/16 Marxism’s Main Goal: à end the economic exploitation to create a classless society Means: -educate the exploited about their position -Get rid of the “false consciousness “ of religion, ethnicity, identity, etc. -violent revolution Role of the State Post-Revolution? • State dissolves • Withering away of the state Some Criticisms: Why are there no communist countries? • China, north korea, cuba…all are not communist, but socialist • Because… • à the state has all of the resources still, not the people
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