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Is the "legacy" of Marx & Engels unwarranted?

▻ MARXISM AS DIAGNOSIS Marx and Engels were political and economic theorists and revolutionaries who analysed the nature of capitalism as it stood in their time - 150 years ago - and diagnosed its ...
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Is the "legacy" of Marx & Engels unwarranted?

Part of the issue here is that the people heavily quoting Marx and Engels, and building statues to them, presumably are supporters of their views and hence they do not interpret their ideology as a ...
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What does Marx say about the humanity of the ultra wealthy?

It's been a while since I read Marx, but I'm fairly certain that he describes them to be amoral rather than immoral: The capitalist is forced to grow, forced to play the game, whether they like it or ...
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Did Karl Marx believe there is an innate human nature and does it matter in the light of contemporary biology?

▻ MARX AND CONTEMPORARY BIOLOGY Marx knew nothing of the findings of present-day evolutionary psychology, neurophysiology, neurochemistry and ethology, and of the empirically-based information they ...
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How can Marx be a materialist yet still speak of a human "essence" in his theory of alienation?

One should keep in mind two points. First, historical materialism in its traditional form is later Marx, taking final shape in Das Kapital, the theory of alienation is young Hegelian Marx of 1844 ...
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How does Marx show that capitalism is a kind of slavery?

A capitalist society is based on the systemic exchange of commodities. In this system, the application of labour to materials is itself a commodity; so workers are paid (a "wage") "for their labour". ...
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Was Marx an antisemite?

The Jewish Question is a criticism of Bruno Bauer, who argues that the emancipation of Jews is subordinate to the emancipation of mankind: Bruno Bauer replies to them: No one in Germany is ...
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What would Marx say about liberal identity politics?

Marx’s Communist Manifesto mentions something called “Conservative or Bourgeois Socialism” and states: “A part of the bourgeoisie is desirous of redressing social grievances in order to secure the ...
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What would Marx say about liberal identity politics?

For me it helps to frame the topic from the central objective of his philosophy, which one might put as: the liberation of humanity from the enchainment of exploitative modes of production. If we ...
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Marxism - primary contradiction of capitalism

how is it exactly that private property of means of production (the relations of production) and a socialized production (the productive forces) through the development of capitalism and an ...
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What does Machiavelli say about friends of my enemies?

Machiavelli found the "enemy of my enemy is my friend" advice to be cheap and short-sighted, at least for a ruler. It is not that he was concerned with moral virtues, but rather he saw shifting ...
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Karl Marx on the meaning of 1

This strikes me as something from early in "Das Kapital". I skimmed the first four chapters without finding an exact match. The closest I found was this: Let us take two commodities, e.g., ...
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Is there any historical evidence for Marx being a Satanist?

I'm reading Wurmbrand's Marx and Satan on academia.edu right now, and so far it seems like the author has conflated heretical remarks and descriptions (frequently literary or poetic!) by Marx, with ...
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Where does Adorno find this quote of Marx?

The quote is from the preface to the first edition of Capital, although similar things can be found elsewhere in Marx's writings. To take a stab at the relation: The last sentence seems to reiterate ...
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What did Marx mean by "revolutionary terror"?

REVOLUTIONARY TERROR VERSUS REVOLUTIONARY VIOLENCE 1 When Marx used the phrase 'revolutionärer Terror' ('Neue Rheinische Zeitung', 7 November 1848) he almost certainly had the French Reign of Terror ...
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How did subjectivity change with capitalism?

Capitalism for Marx I go along with David Miller's working definition of what capitalism meant for Marx : Capitalism - This is understood in Marx's nineteenth- century sense, as an economic ...
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What does Marx mean in the quote from the bible?

Marx is postulating the proletarian social revolution as the end of history. He does so because the proletariat is the first revolutionary class in history which lacks social property. By ...
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What does Marx mean by "the real will of the cooperative"?

The remark occurs in the course of an exchange between Marx and Mikhail Bakunin (1814-76), a revolutionary anarchist. The immediate context is Bakunin's contemptuous reference to 'the so-called people'...
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Did Hegel provide any example of history repeating itself?

Are you referring only to the well-know Marx's quote into The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon (1851-52) regarding Hegel, or are you considering Hegel's philosophy of history in general ? ...
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Is there any historical evidence for Marx being a Satanist?

Roughly 50% of my novels have never been published, and I am not a satanist, so if the publication rate is the most convincing aspect of the proof, I am happy to assume that Marx was not a Satanist, ...
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What would Marx say about liberal identity politics?

I would suggest that IME it functions to consolidate capitalism not just by division or distraction, but by disempowering the white / male / etc. working class; relative to the capitalist class of ...
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If religion is the opium of the masses, are the masses self-medicating or is someone drugging them?

If you look at Marx's Theses on Feuerbach, or Feuerbach himself, it seems that Marx would say something like religion's origin is anthropological in nature the same way that economics or any other ...
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What did Nietzsche and Marx think of each other?

As other answers have indicated, the chance that Marx knew about Nietzsche is virtually zero. Nietzche's most significant works were published after Marx's death. The Gay Science was published in the ...
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Was Marx an antisemite?

Marx's views were arguably anti-Semitic: What is the worldly religion of the Jew? Huckstering. What is his world god? Money. — Marx, „On the Jewish Question“, 1844; (ref. Francis Wheen — „Karl ...
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How do Marxists explain the failures of the working movement?

There are many different ideological lines within Marxist thought and the analysis of the labor's movement problems is defined by these different perspectives. The question thus can be considered too ...
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Is the "legacy" of Marx & Engels unwarranted?

The problems with the communism are inherent to the system. The flaws in communism had already been analysed long before 1917 and the dictatorships that followed. I think it's best summed-up in R.L. ...
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How do I differentiate between synchronic and dialectic approaches?

I think that it has more to do with Synchronic vs Diachronic structuralism. Synchronics look at an idea in a specific time interval while Diachronics look at the evolution of an idea. Atleast as Hegel'...
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Who said that questions can only be asked if the askers roughly knows the answers?

Meno's paradox It's natural to think of Meno's paradox but that paradox doesn't quite fit the bill : A person cannot look for (zetein) what he knows or for what he doesn't know. He would not ...
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Marxism - primary contradiction of capitalism

I suppose @Atif is not quite right in saying "Makers of wealth are not the workers alone (as Communism think)". Communism says that wealth is the result of human labor. And that's all. If an ...
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Was Marx a Marxist?

Quote The quotee, 'One thing is certain, it is that I am not a Marxist', has for its context Marx's and Engels' vexation with two French revolutionaries : Jules Guesde (1845-1922) and Paul Lafargue (...
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