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Important questions!

Smith held to the traditional Christian view of original sin: people are born with a tendency toward evil. Individual choices determine one's character and individual character determines society.

Marx held to the enlightenment, atheistic view that people are born innocent and turn evil only because of oppression. Private property is the greatest oppressor. Society can restore mankind to a state of innocence by removing oppression. Society determines individual character.

The USSR and China under Mao were experiments in changing human nature.

I have posted related thoughts on MLK's speech here: http://trotskyschildren.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-dream-50-years-on.html
Also about the Greensboro Four.

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