Adventures in Marxism by Marshall Berman

By Marshall Berman

I believe like I'm a kind of people who you speak about whose lives were adventures inMarxism. I'm fifty years previous, and because I spent my existence as a development employee elevating a relatives, I'm at this level nonetheless in college...Your ebook was once inspiring to me since it jogged my memory why I made the sacrifices I did to get an education...the sheer pleasure of studying approximately rules and the wish that schooling could make a few form of distinction. He beauty of your method of Marx is that you simply express that idea and the area of rules could be interesting and intellectually wealthy, but in addition suitable to all employees, blue collar or differently. own letter to the writer from Scott smith, development employee and scholar (Pittsburgh).

The Nineteen Nineties started with the mass destruction of Marx effigies. It was once the 'post-modern' age: we weren't purported to want great rules. because the Nineteen Nineties finish, we discover ourselves in a dynamic international society ever extra unified by means of downsizing, deskilling and dread--just just like the previous guy acknowledged. all of the sudden, the enduring appears extra convincing than the ironic; that vintage bearded presence, the atheist as biblical prophet, is again simply in time for the millennium. on the sunrise of the twentieth century, there have been staff who have been able to die with The Communist Manifesto. on the sunrise of the twenty first, there's much more who're able to stay with it.[p266.]

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We only really feel free in the functions we share with animals - sex, drinking, eating, pleasure. Going on holiday seems to be the only time we are really human and alive. All this leads to a kind of self-alienation. This is by no means a new concept.

It is in the nature of people to be active and interactive with nature and other people in the process of making and changing things. When these relationships become distorted or estranged from us, we are not fulfilling our nature. 62 We are alienated from each other, because the productive process of capitalism requires a superstructure of ideas which distorts and obscures the naturally cooperative way that we should relate to other people. For example, capitalism pits worker against worker by installing the "idea" that they are in competition for the same work.

45 The Means of Production The next key factor in the equation is the "means of production", the tools, equipment and machinery used to make the commodity. These change and develop. A new piece of machinery may allow workers to make twice as much of the commodity as they did before. The exchange value of the commodity would then fall by half. 46 Those who bought the new machinery and made workers redundant were the owners of the means of production, the capitalists, the class of the "bourgeoisie".

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