PS1101E - Marx - . Strangely enough, Marx is actually...

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Marx (was Hegelian!) The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles . But where feudal society was once divided into a multifarious hierarchy, each rank increasingly subordinate to the one above it, the epoch of the bourgeoisie. .. has simplified class antagonisms ; society is simply bifurcated into the bourgeois and proletarians. The political power wielded by the modern bourgeoisie is the product of a long course of development, of a series of revolutions in the modes of production and of exchange , more an outcome of economic rather than social factors. The State functions as little more than the bourgeoisie's administration. Yet, this is not the reason for Marx's objection to capitalism, for he concedes that the bourgeoisie has merely replaced a previous system of exploitation, albeit one that was veiled by religious and political illusions
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Unformatted text preview: . Strangely enough, Marx is actually opposed to the brutal truthfulness of the bourgeoisie and their naked, shameless. ... exploitation . It appears that exploitation, as long as it is discreetly (and deceitfully!) carried out, is not objectionable. AN ASIDE I like floor toms! Moreover it seems that Marx does not so much reject economic theory as attempt to modify British classical economics, establishing the wage-owner's interests as the primary motive force, rather than the welfare of the capitalist (so says Russell). The bourgeoisie cannot exist without constantly revolutionising the instruments of production, and thereby the relations of production, and with them the whole relations of society. ... all fixed, fast-froze relations. ... are swept away, all new-formed ones become antiquated before they can ossify. All that is solid melts into air. .....
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