One of the key assumptions of Marxist thought is that economic class is the most significant form of division within society:Does this assumption seem applicable to contemporary American society?

Contemporary American society

One of the key assumptions of Marxist thought is that economic class is the most significant form of division within society.  All other divisions or distinctions (e.g. race, gender, age, religion) are false, or of secondary importance.

Does this assumption seem applicable to contemporary American society?  How strong of a role does class seem to play in peoples’ political and social identities?  Is class more or less effective of a means of political organization and mobilization than other significant factors (e.g. race, gender)?  If possible, provide some contemporary examples of instances where class interest / identity seems to be highly relevant or clearly irrelevant.

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Quantity of Participation (20 points total)

Original Responses to Discussion Questions

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    Quality of Participation (30 points total)
    Original Responses to Discussion Questions
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    Replies to Classmates’ Posts
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  •   Needs Improvement (5 points): Your replies represent a limited contribution to this module’s discussion. For future modules, I would encourage you
    to try more engagement with your classmates.
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    Style and Netiquette
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