Alienation: A Marxist Analysis
6 September, 2016
Newtown Public Library
Socialist Alternative Club
The struggle to survive the daily grind of capitalist society is a famous theme of popular culture. And for good reason.
Our experience of work is one of oppressive, repetitive, and often unsafe conditions. Our bosses own us from morning until evening; telling us what to wear, how to act, when to smile, and so on. Meanwhile we keep our heads down and try to get by, sacrificing our dreams for the hope of one day securing a house, stable job, and the ability to provide for loved ones.
Our relationships with other human beings, which should be about solidarity and support, often end up being sources of pain and anxiety.
Periodically the life we try to build gets thrown into chaos by the unseen and uncontrolled 'invisible hand of the market'.
All of these issues especially affect members of oppressed groups.
As part of being a revolutionary social theorist, Marx developed a theory to explain how our freedoms, personalities and creativity were diminished by capitalist social relations, alienation.
He also identified a solution. The solidarity, community and democratic control over society that is forged through working class struggle, and ultimately, revolution.
All welcome for a discussion of these important issues.
Some readings to get you thinking:
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