The Land of the Free and Home of the Bad

The United States is perceived to be the land of the free. Our foreign policy is motivated to bring freedom and democracy to poor oppressed, yet resource rich countries. If enforcing freedom is our goal, then why does the United States house 25% of the world prison population? Even more interesting is the alarming rate […]

Karl Marx

Marx believed that history was driven by class struggle and that important social changes were the outcome. Was a German philosopher who believed that material goods are at the root of the social world. According to Marx, social life is fundamentally about conflict over food, land, money, and other material goods. Marx believed that the […]

Marx and the 21st Century American Economy

Karl Marx’s theories on labor and economy were radical. Eschewing the Hegelian concept that the evolution of human consciousness mirrors some a priori meaning, he instead argued that human consciousness evolved based on a rational sense of what was best for the collective. From this rationalist and secular perspective, he argued that humans would evolve […]

Review and Analysis of Marx

Review No other than Karl Marx has been able to write a larger, more influential critical analysis of capitalism. In this chapter, Marx’s work and ideologies are presented to the reader, including the familiar Communist Manifesto,  a political pamphlet. It was designed as a polemic that was intended to incite a specific group of people […]

Marx: Paranoia or Prophesy

For many social theorists, Marx can be examined with a critical eye. By Marx being second read only to the Bible, his position creates, in true conflict theory form, a shake your fists at the sky response at times. With further examination, however; the basic observations, principles and arguments of commodity fetish, dehumanization, and alienation […]

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