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Modern Sociological Theory Reading Notes week 4

by: Madeleine Martin

Modern Sociological Theory Reading Notes week 4 SOC 3150

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Modern Sociological Theory
Jeff Montez de Oca
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Reading Notes­Week 3 Madeleine Martin Wage­Labor and Capital­Karl Marx 1847 1. Workers exchange labor for money, this takes place in a defined ratio.  2. Price of a commodity is determined by buyers and sellers, inquiry to delivery, and supply and demand.  2.1. Competition is three sided.  2.2. Commodities offered by various sellers­capitalist. 3. Wages 3.1. Rise and fall with supply and demand 3.2. The money workers make keeps them alive so that they continue to work to make money to keep themselves alive.  4. Machines 4.1. Increase in production = increase in profit. 4.2. Capitalists compete by making the newest and best machines to produce the most.  5. In summation: 5.1. “The more productive capital grows, the more the division of labor and the application  of machinery expands. The more the division of labor and the application of machinery  expands, the more competition among the workers expands and the more their wages  contract.” 5.2. “Thus the forest of uplifted arms demanding work becomes thicker while the arms  themselves become ever thinner.” Classes­Karl Marx 1867 1. “What constitutes a class?” 1.1. “What makes wage laborers, capitalists, and land­lords constitute the three great social  classes?”  Manifesto of the Communist Party­ Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels 1848 1. Communism 1.1. “Communism is already acknowledged by all European powers to be itself a power.” 1.2. “It is high time that the Communists should openly, in the fact of the whole world,  publish their views, their aims their tendencies, and meet this nursery tale of the Spectre  of Communism with a Manifesto of the party itself.” 2. Bourgeois and Proletarians  2.1. Bourgeois sprouted from feudalism and established new classes, new conditions of  oppression, new forms of struggle in place of old.  2.2. Two Classes: 2.2.1. Bourgeoisie A series of revolutions in the modes of production. Plays the revolutionary part, only exists due to revolution. Managed by the Executive of the Modern State. “It has resolved personal worth into exchange value, and in place of the  numberless indefeasible chartered freedoms, has set up that single,  unconscionable freedom – Free Trade.” “What the bourgeoisie, therefore, produces, above all, is its own grave  diggers. Its fall and victory of the proletariat are equally inevitable.” 2.2.2. Proletariats A class of laborers who work to live and live to work. Serve as a commodity. “Modern industry has converted the little workshop of the patriarchal  master into the great factory of the industrial capitalist.” The proletariat is recruited from all classes of the population.  2.3. Proletarians and Communists 2.3.1. Communists The communist party is not in opposition to other working class parties. Their interests are the interests of the proletariat. “Formation of the proletariat into a class, overthrow the bourgeois  supremacy, conquest of political power by the proletariat.” “The distinguishing feature of Communism is not the abolition of property generally, but the abolition of bourgeois property.” Goal: Abolition of private property.  2.4. 10 Cornerstones of Communism  2.4.1. Abolition of property and land and application of all rents of land to public  purposes 2.4.2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax 2.4.3. Abolition of all right to inheritance 2.4.4. Confiscation of all property of all emigrants and rebels 2.4.5. Centralisation of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with  State capital and an exclusive monopoly. 2.4.6. Centraliztion of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the  state. 2.4.7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State, the  bringing of cultivation of waste­lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in  accordance with a common plan. 2.4.8. Equal liability of label. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for  agriculture. 2.4.9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing; gradual abolition of the  distinction between town and country, by a more equitable distribution of the  population over the country, 2.4.10.  Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children's factory  labor in its present form. Combination with education and industrial production. 2.5. “Political power…is merely the organized power of one class for oppressing another.” The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte­Karl Marx 1852 1. “Men make their own history…under circumstances directly encountered, given and  transmitted in the past.” 2. The people are fighting dead revolutions. 3. “Bourgeois revolutions…storm swiftly from success to success, their dramatic effort outdo  each other, men and things seem set in sparkling brilliance, ecstasy is the everyday spirit, but  they are short lived, soon they have attained their zenith, and a long crapulent depression  seizes society before it learns soberly to assimilate the results of its storm­like stress period.” 


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