[Marxism] Re.: Dying languages
cdbrady at sbcglobal.net
Mon Mar 1 11:10:43 MST 2004
In reply to Jim C, the argument could (and should) be made that our
humanity's wealth and its distribution are the essence of Marxism.
Those riches include culture as well as "goods and chattel." In other
words, real value as opposed to exchange value. The last line of Part
II of the CM is always a good grounding for such considerations. "All"
means each and every .
In a more abstract contemplation, culture as such is not static.
Languages have evolved, and do evolve. If humanity migrated out of the
African savannah, "40 different words for snow" must have developed
later, in a time and place, that is, under certain material
circumstances. I believe that empathy with humanity is critical to the
valuation of our various cultures, and to socialist revolution. We must
somehow come to see "others" as us, as how we are in different
situations. "I am you, and you are me, and we are all together." I
evoke those lines of song not to diminish my point but to expand it
dimensionally, as it harmonizes on so many levels. You might say it is
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