Blog Questions for Week 4–Marxism/Socialism/Communism

Please respond to one of the following questions in your blog post for this week (due Thursday, June 27th by 5pm).  Your blog post should be on this page (our class website), and should be at least 250 words long.  Also, you do need to include at least one direct quote from one of the readings for this week (Marx and Engels’ “Communist Manifesto” and whichever 3 other excerpts you read).  Please let me know if you have any questions.



  1. Thinking about the “Bar Association” episode in the context of the “Communist Manifesto” excerpt you read for this week I want you to consider the implications of participating in the formation of a union and going on strike.  How do the workers in the episode go about organizing?  What skills do they acquire in the process?  How do you think that this experience would affect their involvement in politics and political institutions? (You can also being in material from other excerpts if you want)
  2. Compare and contrast ideas from 2 of the excerpts that you read for this week.
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