Evolutionism vs historicism

Charles Brown CharlesB at SPAMCNCL.ci.detroit.mi.us
Thu Dec 28 11:15:02 MST 2000

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According to the Stalinist interpretation of historical materialism (to
which Althusser incidentally still to a great extent subscribes, with his
"process without a subject"), history is determined by iron laws impervious
to the intervention of individuals and groups. Thus, for instance,
socialism is portrayed as the inevitable successor of capitalism, a product
of historical laws working themselves out with iron necessity in a sequence
of steps or stages.


CB: So , were Marx and Engels Stalinists when they said in _The Manifesto of the
Communist Party_

"What the bourgeoisie therefore produces, above all, are its own grave-diggers. Its
fall and the victory of the proletariat are equally inevitable. "

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