Introduction to our critical Marxism
I. Who was Karl Marx?
b. Intellectual biography
i. German philosophy
ii. French utopian socialism
iii. British political economy
II. What was distinctive about Marx’s method?
a. Historical materialism
b. Class struggle
c. Role of the proletariat
d. Lesson of Revolution of 1848:
Political independence of the proletariat
e. Lesson of the Paris Commune of 1871:
The capitalist state must be smashed.
f. Das Kapital (Capital) – theory of capitalism
i. Labor theory of value – exploitation
ii. Capitalist crises
III. What was Marx’s relationship to the labor movement?
a. French – Proudhon
b. British trade unions
c. International Workingmen’s Association (IWA) – First International
Karl Marx, Preface of A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy 
Karl Marx, The German Ideology. 1845  Beginning with section First Premises of Materialist Method and ending when the reader reaches the subhead History Fundamental Conditions (that section is not required).
Friedrich Engels, Principles of Communism 
The Third Address, May 1871, The Paris Commune  From the phrase "The direct antithesis..." to "It is a strange fact"