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    Karl Marx’ utopian socialism and Russell’s paradox


    The Barber paradox is not only a good illustration for Bertrand Russel’s set theoretical antinomy, but can be generalized to any specialized profession under conditions of division of labor. By definition, a specialized profession means “the class of people who offer a special commodity on the market to everyone that doesn’t offer it to him/herself.” Does a member of this class therefore offer this commodity to him/her-self? Who gives power to the powerful people? Who gives truth to the intellectual leaders? Who cares for the health of the healthcare employees? Who makes love to the prostitutes when they’re off-duty? These questions, like the related set paradox, are undecidable in the classical theory (respectively capitalist praxis).