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  • John Stuart Mill (20 May 1806 – 8 May 1873) was a Britishphilosopher and civil servant. An influential contributor to social theory, political theory, and political economy, his conception of liberty justified the freedom of the individual in opposition to unlimited state control.[2] He was a proponent of utilitarianism, an ethical theory developed by Jeremy Bentham, although his conception of it was very different from Bentham's. Hoping to remedy the problems found in an inductive approach to science, such as confirmation bias, he clearly set forth the premises of falsification as the key component in the scientific method.[3] Mill was also a Member of Parliament and an important figure in liberal political philosophy.
  • Karl Heinrich Marx (May 5, 1818 – March 14, 1883) was a German[2]philosopher, political economist, historian, political theorist, sociologist, and communistrevolutionary, whose ideas played a significant role in the development of modern communism and socialism. Marx summarized his approach in the first line of chapter one of The Communist Manifesto, published in 1848: "The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles." Marx argued that capitalism, like previous socioeconomic systems, would inevitably produce internal tensions which would lead to its destruction.[3] Just as capitalism replaced feudalism, he believed socialism would, in its turn, replace capitalism, and lead to a stateless, classless society called pure communism. This would emerge after a transitional period called the "dictatorship of the proletariat": a period sometimes referred to as the "workers state" or "workers' democracy".[4][5] In section one of The Communist Manifesto Marx describes feudalism, capitalism, and the role internal social contradictions play in the historical process:We see then: the means of production and of exchange, on whose foundation the bourgeoisie built itself up, were generated in feudal society. At a certain stage in the development of these means of production and of exchange, the conditions under which feudal society produced and exchanged ... the feudal relations of property became no longer compatible with the already developed productive forces; they became so many fetters. They had to be burst asunder; they were burst asunder. Into their place stepped free competition, accompanied by a social and political constitution adapted in it, and the economic and political sway of the bourgeois class. A similar movement is going on before our own eyes ... The productive forces at the disposal of society no longer tend to further the development of the conditions of bourgeois property; on the contrary, they have become too powerful for these conditions, by which they are fettered, and so soon as they overcome these fetters, they bring order into the whole of bourgeois society, endanger the existence of bourgeois property.[6]
  • Reform

    1. 1. All sections to appear here
    2. 2. Thomas Malthus  Population growth will outpace the food supply.  War, disease, or famine could control population.  The poor should have less children.  Food supply will then keep up with population.
    3. 3. Capitalism  Lassiez Faire  Adam Smith • “Wealth of Nations”
    4. 4. Utilitarianism  Utilitarianism • Jeremy Bentham
    5. 5. John Stuart Mill  Also a utilitarianism  Tied to abolitionism and feminism
    6. 6. Thomas More  Utopian Socialism
    7. 7. Karl Marx  Communism  Friedrich Engels
    8. 8. Reform  Labor Unions • Strikes  Legislation
    9. 9. Reform  Abolition of Slavery  Women’s rights
    10. 10. Reform  Horace Mann  Alexis de Tocqueville
    11. 11. Industrialists and Reformers
    12. 12. Capitalism versus Socialism

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