Thursday, October 14, 2010

What is Justice?

Short answer -- Quiz on readings chapters 8-9: God Bless You Mr. Rosewater.

Field trip tomorrow: Adler Planetarium and  Contemporary Museum of Art.

Auto-didactic Journal # 4 is due tomorrow. Bring journal with you on the field trip.

Communism - proposed solution to sexism, racism and other forms of oppression.

lecture: "utopian ideal" - solve problems that exist due to money, religion, government  (Marx &Engel)

Oppressor/Oppressed dynamic:
  •  due to oppressors - we must get rid of money, government, and religion. Other oppressive pieces in society -- Marriage , education, eternal truths
  • Bourgousie = oppressors who are profiting from working class
  • Proletariat = working people; oppressed class
  • Need violent revolution to do away with Bourgousie
  • It sounds nice, but we just have to kill many people first
Short film: Communist Manifestoon

Vonnegut's Eliot:
"I think it's terrible the way people don't share things in this country.  I think it's a heartless government that will let one baby be born owning a big piece of the country, the way I was born, and let another baby be born without owning anything. The least a government could do, it seems to me, is to divide things up fairly among the babies (121)".

Discussion: Do you think it's ethical for northshore residents to buy/live in large $3 million dollar mansions? Is a luxurious lifestyle ethical?  Why or Why not?

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