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1. Read closely the passage where Marx writes, “The devaluation of the world of men is in direct proportion to the increasing value of the world of things.” Here Marx outlines his theory of alienation; more specifically, he argues that alienation is not just psychological - it also stems from more structural conditions. What does this mean?

2. What does Marx mean when he says that products are the “objectification of labor”? (He also describes commodities as “congealed labor”). How is this related to his ideas on alienation?

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1. Marx suggests that the emphasis on material things devalues down the worker. His work is no longer as valuable as what he creates. He must produce more in order to create more wealth, but the more he is able to produce means that he as the worker has less...
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