Class Struggle: A Political and Philosophical History by Domenico Losurdo, Gregory Elliot

Class Struggle: A Political and Philosophical History by Domenico Losurdo, Gregory Elliot

By Domenico Losurdo, Gregory Elliot

Available for the 1st time in English, this e-book examines and reinterprets type fight inside Marx and Engels’ inspiration. As Losurdo argues, type fight is frequently misunderstood as solely the fight of the bad opposed to the wealthy, of the standard opposed to the strong. it really is an interpretation that's pricey to populism, one who supposes a binary good judgment that closes its eyes to complexity and inclines in the direction of the get together of poverty as a spot of ethical excellence. This booklet, even if, indicates the idea of sophistication fight is a normal concept of social clash. whenever, the main opposed social conflicts are intertwined in several methods. A old state of affairs regularly emerges with particular and special features that necessitate severe exam, freed from schematic and biased research. provided that it breaks clear of populism can Marxism strengthen the power to interpret and alter the world.

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In 1869, Marx returned to the issue. 120 In the house of the philosopher, revolutionary and scourge of the ‘opium of the people’, there was no hesitation in expressing solidarity with the liberation struggle of an oppressed people to the extent of displaying its religious symbols. Attention to the concrete significance of religion in a concrete historical situation, and in the context of a specific conflict, was a constant in Marx and Engels’ thinking.  Garrison and Wendell Phillips. The latter, in particular, ‘[f]or 30 years … has without intermission and at the risk of his life proclaimed the emancipation of the slaves as his battle-cry, regardless alike of the persiflage of the press, the enraged howls of paid rowdies and the conciliatory representations of solicitous friends’.

The first knew how to combine love of liberty with a robust pragmatism; the second was prey to fanatical subversiveness and lacked any sense of limits. Hence (ironized Marx) everything was to be explained by ‘the superior intelligence of the English’. Class struggle—conflict that was always historically determinate—ceded to a mythical, more or less eternal nature of peoples possessing a different degree of pragmatism and sense of reality. Those who argued thus took no account of the radicalism and civil war that THE DIFFERENT FORMS OF CLASS STRUGGLE 33 marked the first English revolution, the Puritan revolution.

In the country stamped by an interminable revolutionary cycle, ‘a virus of a new and unknown kind’ raged, which had attacked the mental faculties of generations of intellectuals and political agitators: such was the view of Tocqueville, as of Hippolyte Taine and Le Bon himself. But why did this virus rage in one country rather than another? The fact was, lamented Tocqueville, that the French were lacking in the stable THE DIFFERENT FORMS OF CLASS STRUGGLE 29 morality, strong common sense, and love of liberty and individual dignity exhibited by Anglo-Saxons—in particular, Americans.

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