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            Karl Marx is often remembered as a critic of capitalism and nothing more. The truth is that though he did criticize capitalism, he still used parts of a capitalist society to infer his theories on classes in society as well as individual responsibilities. He accepts the jobs that must be done in order for a society to exist but uses a different method for completing the tasks. Marx defined human labor as "the medium of interaction between subjects and this material or natural domain." .
             I classify Marx as a critical theorist because he calls for a radical change away from capitalism. The change is from a non-egalitarian notion to an egalitarian society where the cost of life is the same. The basis for his theory is that every task must be completed in order for the society as a whole to function. The motivation for doing the jobs is that every person in society must contribute and if they get a job that is less desirable, they only have to do it for a few hours and get the same benefits as everyone else. Marx believes that this allows for a more rounded person that is well educated and not stressed out because of working so much. He understands that family time is very important and there is no reason that you should throw yourself into work and not see the people you care about. .
             Marx views the individual in society as "a creative agent striving toward self-fulfillment." This is very interesting coming from a man who is often interpreted as a complete collective thinker. He also believed that "it was not the individual but society that was responsible for unnecessary suffering and for human unhappiness." His theories seem to be leading to a collective where everyone in the society has one mind and they all think as one with no free thought. His definition for the individual suggests otherwise. If we were all striving for self-fulfillment, then that would mean that we are not acting as one, but acting for ourselves.

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