Define dialectical materialism according to Marx, and discuss his criticism of capitalism. In the supplementary reading “Anthropology in the 21st Century” anthropologist Thomas Patterson suggests that “Marx was indeed an anthropologist.” Patterson goes on to identify seven themes and perspectives emphasized by Marx that he feels retain their relevance today. Consider two or more of these themes in light of your own experience of American society and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of his analysis.
Your initial response should be at least 250 words in length. Be sure to support your points with examples from the text, required and recommended material, and/or other scholarly articles. Avoid reliance on quotes but rather show in your own writing that you master the concepts.