Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Marx back in fashion as history not ended yet

According to a BBC report, "Karl Marx is back in fashion" in the West. Lucia and I have actually never disposed off our copies of Karl Marx's masterpieces which we used to read in Australia in the mid-1980s to prepare for individual assignments and participation in tutorials. Karl Marx's holistic analysis of social structures was penetrating, although some of his ideas have been modified or/and developed for practical application in different time and space in this world as well as under some unique and complex conditions which are always concrete; and as Karl Marx himself observed in a 1852 article titled The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte : "Men make their own history, but not of their own free will; not under circumstances they themselves have chosen but under given and inherited circumstances with which they are directly confronted". VI Lenin certainly did not start World War I.

Russia honours VI Lenin in Red Square parade

2 Comments:

Blogger kittykat46 said...

Hehehehe...and Capitalism, at least the pure, rampant type, has taken a hard hit over the last few months.

Who would have thought "Nationalisation" and "Government direction", usually dirty words in the Capitalist world, would become widespread, if temporary safety net for troubled Western financiers.

2:19 AM  
Blogger James Wong Wing-On said...

Marx already said it long, long time ago, the capitalist mode of production, while progressive vis-a-vis feudalism, is inherently unstable because of the tendencies of over-consumption (like in the present case) or over-production. Marx observed that the capitalist mode of production is forever confronted with PERIODIC CRISIS.

5:43 AM  

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