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The numero uno chestnut of the histomaticists…

June 2nd, 2018 · No Comments

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The quote re: the wooks essay from A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy is the numero uno chestnut of historical materialists, quoted obsessively over and over (i am almost sick of it): if marxists would simply study relations of production empirically and not try to create a pseudo-science out of it they would be far more successful…

Karl Marx uncovered the hidden mainsprings that lie behind the development of human society from the earliest tribal societies up to the present day. As he explains in a celebrated passage from his preface to A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy:

“In the social production which men carry on they enter into definite relations that are indispensable and independent of their will; these relations of production correspond to a definite stage of development of their material powers of production…The mode of production in material life determines the general character of the social, political and spiritual processes of life. It is not the consciousness of men that determines their existence, but, on the contrary, their social existence (which) determines their consciousness.”

This is the numero uno chestnut of historical materialists: if marxists would simply study relations of production empirically and not try to create a pseudo-science out of it they would be far more successful…

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