Karl Marx: Capitalism and Class Conflict. Lecture by. Sociology 4530 7 Feb. 2008. Dr Christopher Kollmeyer. Historical Materialism (Review From Last Lecture). Historical change brought about by Class conflict battle over surplus value Structural contradictions within society
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7 Feb. 2008
Dr Christopher Kollmeyer
Historical change brought about by
battle over surplus value
Structural contradictions within society
Communism will be the “End of History,” but…
requires “class consciousness”
Cash-nexus replaces reciprocal social relations
Under-consumption or over-accumulation crisis
Capitalism “producers its own gravediggers”
Question: Is our government (1) a state within a capitalist society (i.e. neutral ) or (2) a capitalist state (i.e. biased against working class).
(1) “State with a capitalist society” argument
Friedrich Engels (Tactics of Social Democracy, 1895)
(2) The “capitalist state” argument
Businesses is said to occupy a “structural privileged position” in society.
Conclusion: Democracy under capitalism must be partial