Lee's Lecture Notes day 7:

Marxist theory--ended with Manifest Destiny

Alexandra Pelosi asking people about the American Dream in Mississippi, the poorest, most conservative state in the nation...

False Consciousness and consciousness raising (to help us see The Real Base of our oppression like we get with the teacher in Bambara's story...

Money is power: Citizens United

Death of a Salesman: the "ideal" American Dream 18:00 which is a fantasy and is what harms the characters (or at least Bif's realization is that it harms him)...;

watch clips from Death of a Salesman--who is blinded by the ideology of Social Darwinism or at least competition (one of the characters talks about thinking he has to climb over others to get ahead)? or are their projections and avoidances more important?

Fight Club and Marxism: fighting the man, helping fellow workers, causing chaos, but to what end? Are they good Marxists? 1:14:28

Marxist practice with texts: Bambara and class and race, the teacher helping raise their consciousnesses to their oppression; Olsen and socioeconomic issues--Marxist Feminism (or materialist feminism); Gatsby's ending (p. 173?), and his notebooks--self-help goals for success; Nick's romantisized view of Xmas (blinds him to what?); we can read Fitzgerald with the grain when he shows how shallow all this desired for sign-exchange value is; but there are romanticised descriptions of excess that we can likely read against the grain, where Fitzgerald is selling us the American Dream (in a way), thus we can read him against the grain. Gilman's narrator is certainly poor and manipulated by the system...

6. Marx's "Alienation of Labor" (the commodification of the worker, worth less than the widgets they produce; also, he was writing during the industrial revolution which was rife with horrible abuses of workers)...

OWN's The Haves and the Have Nots, and how racism and Marxism often come together**Environmental impacts and socioeconomics: DDT, Typhus vs. Murder, The Precautionary Principle--each business cost/benefit analysis should include environmental costs as well

...and Freedom Industries in West Virginia likely not paying the required money to keep their toxins from entering the water supply...

Alienated labor and Death of a Salesman (Willie doesn't own or make anything, no one knows him, and so he can be easily ignored and shut out and fired and left without a pension even though at his age he has few chances of getting another job, even though he's devoted his life to the company, or so he thinks...but he's a cog in the machine).