Communist Manifesto

Communist Manifesto - Karl Marx: The Communist Manifesto...

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Marx’ Importance A third of the world lives under his influence Hasn’t history discredited his ideas? Is it that Marxism that has been discredited? No, it’s the bastardization of Marxism that has been discredited Marx’ philosophy of history, influence on feminism, art theory, etc. Are there natural laws that govern history? Hegel’s “dialectic” Thesis, antithesis, synthesis Hegel’s crucial error The force that drive this process is economic, not ideational, not artistic, not religious The error is not in identifying the process, but in reversing the order Key thesis of Marx’ philosophy of history The driving force is economic. Substructure and superstructure Examples “rights of man” Rise of Christianity: starts as an attempt to find some sort of way to console the oppressed An instrument forged by the ruling class to maintain the suppression of the mass of the poor Another correction of Hegel The dialectic can be used to predict. Example:
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