Hist 4c/Marcuse, L11 source interp.

Lenin: State and Revolution (1917/18)

(Bentley/Ziegler, p. 901)

In capitalist society … democracy is always hemmed in by the narrow limits set by capitalist exploitation, and consequently always remains, in reality, a democracy for the minority, only for the propertied classes, only for the rich. Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in the ancient Greek republics: freedom for the slave-owners. Owing to the conditions of capitalist exploitation the modern wage slaves are so crushed by want and poverty that "they cannot be bothered with democracy," "they cannot be bothered with politics"; in the ordinary peaceful course of events the majority of the population is debarred from participation in public and political life.

Aspects that could be included in a source interpretation:
(note: any two of these would be sufficient for an "A" on an exam interpretation; even one could earn an "A" if well discussed! In no way do I expect any of you to be able to find this many things in a source-you are just learning how!!)