After a tour of Latin America inthe American diplomat George Kennan wrote a memo despairing that the region would ever achieve a modest degree of economic dynamism, social mobility, or liberal politics.
If this claim which Marx originally intended as a criticism of German Idealism and the more moderate Young Hegelians is still more or less the case in the 21st century, as many Marxists [ who? Much sophisticated and important thought has taken place after the writing of Marx and Engels ; much or perhaps even all of it has been influenced, subtly or overtly, by Marxism.
Simply dismissing all philosophy as sophistry might condemn Marxism to a simplistic empiricism or economismcrippling it in practice and making it comically simplistic at the level of theory. Such problems might include a too-simple economic determinisman untenable theory of ideology as " false consciousness ," or a simplistic model of state power rather than hegemony.
So Marxist philosophy must continue to take account of advances in the theory of politics developed after Marx, but it must also be wary of a descent into theoreticism or the temptations of idealism.
However, "Althusser never ceased to put in question the images of communism that Marxist theory and ideology carried on: Balibar observes that, in the end, Althusser enjoined the most sober definition of communism, exposed by Marx in The German Ideology: Communism is "not a state of the future, but the real movement which destroys the existing state of being.
There are endless interpretations of the "philosophy of Marx", from the interior of the Marxist movement as well as in its exterior. English political economyFrench republicanism and radicalismand German idealist philosophy. Although this "three sources" model is an oversimplification, it still has some measure of truth.
On the other hand, Costanzo Preve has assigned four "masters" to Marx: Epicurus to whom he dedicated his thesis, Difference of natural philosophy between Democritus and Epicurus, for his materialism and theory of clinamen which opened up a realm of liberty ; Jean-Jacques Rousseaufrom which come his idea of egalitarian democracy ; Adam Smithfrom whom came the idea that the grounds of property is labour ; and finally Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Marx developed a comprehensive, theoretical understanding of political reality early in his intellectual and activist career by means of a critical adoption and radicalization of the categories of 18th and 19th century German Idealist thought.
On the contrary, Hegel argues for the organic unity between universal and particular. Observing an acorn on its own, we can never deduce that it is an oak tree. To figure out what the acorn is - and also what the oak tree is - we have to observe the line of development from one to the other.
Looked at purely formally, human society has a natural line of development in accordance with its essence just like any other living thing. This process of development appears as a succession of stages of world history.
It is delivered by means of the actions of men which spring from their needs, passions, and interests. Some accident from the outside might come along to interrupt this process of development, but if left to its own devices, it proceeds in a relatively straightforward manner. Spirit is constantly at war with itself.
When change in the essence takes place, as it does in the process of evolution, we can understand the change mostly in mechanical terms using principles of genetics and natural selection. The historical process, however, never attempts to preserve an essence in the first place.
In the historical process, however, what exists, what is actual, is imperfect. What is trying to come into existence - freedom - inherently negates everything preceding it and everything existing, since no actual existing human institution can possibly embody pure human freedom. So the actual is both itself and its opposite as potential.
Having achieved his thesis on the Difference of natural philosophy between Democritus and Epicurus inthe young Marx progressively broke away with the Prussian university and its teachings impregnated by German Idealism KantFichteSchelling and Hegel. Along with Engels, who observed the Chartist movement in the United Kingdomhe cut away with the environment in which he grew up and encountered the proletariat in France and Germany.
Max Stirner claimed that all ideals were inherently alienatingand that replacing God with Humanity, as did Ludwig Feuerbach in The Essence of Christianitywas not sufficient. Marx also criticized Proudhonwho had become famous with his cry " Property is theft!
Marx, "stood Hegel on his head," in his own view of his role, by turning the idealistic dialectic into a materialistic one, in proposing that material circumstances shape ideas, instead of the other way around.
In this, Marx was following the lead of Feuerbach. But Marx also criticized Feuerbach for being insufficiently materialistic, as Stirner himself had pointed out, and explained that the alienation described by the Young Hegelians was in fact the result of the structure of the economy itself.
But the essence of man is no abstraction inherent in each single individual. In reality, it is the ensemble of the social relations. He claimed that individualism was the result of commodity fetishism or alienation. Some critics have claimed that meant that Marx enforced a strict social determinism which destroyed the possibility of free will.
Criticisms of the "human rights"[ edit ] In the same way, following Babeufconsidered as one of the founder of communism during the French Revolutionhe criticized the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen as a "bourgeois declaration" of the rights of the "egoistic individual", ultimately based on the "right to private property", which economism deduced from its own implicit "philosophy of the subject", which asserts the preeminence of an individual and universal subject over social relations.
Alongside FreudNietzscheand DurkheimMarx thus takes a place amongst the 19th century philosophers who criticized this pre-eminence of the subject and its consciousness.
According to Marx, the recognition of these individual rights was the result of the universal extension of market relations to all of society and to all of the world, first through the primitive accumulation of capital including the first period of European colonialism and then through the globalization of the capitalist sphere.
Such individual rights were the symmetric of the "right for the labourer" to "freely" sell his labor force on the marketplace through juridical contracts, and worked in the same time as an ideological means to discompose the collective grouping of producers required by the Industrial Revolution: The creation of a normal working-day is, therefore, the product of a protracted civil war, more or less dissembled, between the capitalist class and the working-class It must be acknowledged that our labourer comes out of the process of production other than he entered.
In the market he stood as owner of the commodity "labour-power" face to face with other owners of commodities, dealer against dealer.ad page XXXVI. [ Marx numbered the pages of these manuscripts in roman numerals.
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