[Marxism] Marxists and Human Rights

Funke Jayson J funke.jj at mellon.com
Wed Apr 7 08:27:18 MDT 2004

Chris Brady writes: 

"Critics of Marxism chide that their antagonists would prefer to destroy excellence in favour of mediocrity for the masses, that Marxists denigrate the individual while celebrating the amorphous crowd.  Maybe they need an introduction to Marxist dialectics."

In footnote 11 of her introduction to Engel's The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State, (International 1972) anthropologist Eleanor Burke Leacock wrote that in regards to arguments revolving around individualism versus cooperative society, that "The assumption that cooperativeness automatically entails a muting of individuality is seemingly illustrated by the much studied Pueblo Indians of the American Southwest, where someone who is too ambitious or becomes too successful is liable to be accused of witchcraft. Assumptions such as this ignore history. The Pueblo Indians have fought for over four centuries to maintain their autonomy and their cooperative society; this has not been without its toll. Moreover, in the 16th century, the Spanish introduced the practice of killing rebellious Indians as witches..." (25)

One of the more damaging misunderstandings propagated by capital is that people are "naturally" competitive. I've heard this arise in conversation numerous times, and it is easily believable by folks not steeped in study of the topic.

Jayson Funke 
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