working-class subjectivity

SHAWGI TELL v600a8e6 at
Sun Feb 4 15:59:21 MST 1996

On Sun, 4 Feb 1996 glevy at wrote:

> In reply to Bryan and Rakesh:
> This issue is certainly at the heart of many debates among Marxists 
> during the last 30 years. Interestingly, I think many different schools 
> of thought are attempting to deal with essentially the same problem but 
> from a number of divergent theoretical perspectives. The common ground, 
> it seems to me, is a rejection of an overly mechanical, functionalist, 
> and economistic view of the working class as subject. The common point of 
> departure, then, is against "diamat", the interpretation of Marxism made 
> popular particularly in the former USSR.

It might be helpful to note that there is no economism, fatalism,
functionalism, etc., in Marxism.  Marxism, from what I have seen, is
thoroughly dialectical and unequivocally based on Dialectical 
Materialism.   Thus, Marx and Engels saw the struggle between idealism 
and  materialism as a struggle indissolubly  linked to class struggle.  
The  notion that the emergence of "subjectivity  theory" is linked to 
the  "common point of departure" Jerry describes is  correct insofar as 
we  qulaify this by saying that this is a  view advanced by 
revisionists,  post-Marxists, neo-Marxists, ex-Marxists, western 
Marxists  and anti-Communists of all hues.

Not surprisingly, there are many conscious exploiter-class organizations in 
the world still actively trying to discredit or dismiss Dialectical  
Materialism.  Many of these exploiter-class organizations are small, 
obscure,  covert entities located in Europe. Of course, they exist in other 
parts of the world.

In short, this "subjectivity" issue is NOT at the heart of many debates 
among Marxists.  But it is, I think, at the heart of many debates among  
anti-Marxists and anti-communists of all stripes.

If anyone is interested in explosive Marxist accounts of psychology and 
subjectivity, accounts firmly based on the scientific tenets of 
Dialectical Materialism, feel free to contact me.


Shawgi Tell
University at Buffalo
Graduate School of Education

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