In the first section of The Communist Manifesto, Marx gives a long series of indictments of bourgeois society, lists its abuses of power, and tells how it exploits the working class (the Proletariat). Argue one of the following positions:
A.) Marx is correct in his criticisms of capitalism/the bourgeoisie; offering reasons why, of course.
B.) Marx is incorrect because capitalism does, in fact, have many redeemable qualities that you can show in the work of Rawls, Nozick, and/or other liberals.
*In your argument, it would be best to focus on a few of Marx’s points that you think are the most important/correct/flawed/etc.
**Please do not include any discussion of the perceived historical failures of the Soviet Union, the DPRK, etc. In other words, try to keep your argument as theoretical as possible because it’s not satisfactory to say “Gulags, therefore, Marxism sucks.”
I welcome any and all positions, provided they are supported with relevant details, premises, arguments, etc. I will say again, however, that merely having an opinion does not make said opinion good—or even justifiable. As such, your paper would need to advance reasons you hold this position, and show why you are making the argument
Please do not try to write a paper to impress me, or one that you think I will like to hear/agree with. I care more that you have each struggled with these issues than just heard these things that I’ve said and regurgitated them.
Textual evidence (utilized in the form of quotes) must be used to support your position. I will not accept papers that fail to use textual evidence.
Do NOT give personal examples and other anecdotal evidence when writing argumentative papers. I do not mean to suggest your relationship with whomever or your experiences are trivial; only that these things will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to help convey your position and make your argument.
In academic writing it is generally advisable to write from a position of near-certainty regarding one’s own position. This is not to say you should write “I’m right, dammit!” but that you should avoid language that implies hesitancy on your part. In other words write, “I assert…” “It is my position…”; NOT “I hope in/feel/believe.” The latter implies you aren’t sure what you’re arguing, or that your position is too wishy-washy.
Please refrain from using valorized language or to assume, carte blanche, the person about whom you’re writing is male. The general trend is to use the feminine form for examples. You may, if you think it appropriate, use the singular “they” but be aware that some professors consider this to be stylistically awkward. Gender-neutral pronouns, such as “ze” and “zir” are also appropriate, but using them can be a little difficult at first because we’re not really taught about gender neutrality in English.
1000 word minimum (the minimum word count does not include the Works Cited or Titling Information)
Works Cited Page and Titling information (Your Name, Date, Course, etc.). Papers that do not contain a Works Cited Page will incur a significant penalty.
Direct textual evidence (properly-cited quotations) must be used. Papers that do not use direct textual evidence will incur a significant penalty.