One approach to stimulating class discussion is to discuss a loaded quote, such as this one by economist J.K. Galbraith,
“Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it’s just the opposite.”
Discussion can be guided to include several focuses (not necessarily in sequence), including…
What do its key terms actually mean?
What point is the speaker making? Can you expand upon his point of view by explaining what you think he is saying by this quote? Do you think he favors one over the other? Is he being cynical or is he helping us to see more clearly? What historical examples might he offer to support this statement?
Do both systems inherently produce exploitation–or is the exploitation a result of the men in the system?
Can you offer a revision of this statement that supports your view and give some historical examples to support your revision?