[Marxism] Consumer Culture - 4/dialectics

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Part 4

One can of course call this communist class anything they choose, including a 
underclass or adopt the ideology that "the poor will always be amongst us." 

The issue is the external collision of classes and class fragment outside the 
productive process at this stage of capital, and its resolution as a basis 
for resolution of the crisis confronting earth.  

If one was to accept the language of "fundamental contradiction" in the world 
today it is the external collision - antagonism, between historical labor and 
capital in the appearance of the communist class and the speculator. He is 
the motor of this stage of history, even if oil runs out in five years. The 
motor of history resides in the forms of property as it is driven on the basis of 
changes in the mode of production in material life. 

Marx was very clear about this matter. The "fundamental contradiction" 
concept is suspect. 

The emergence of new qualitative features in capital and labor - speculator 
as dominator of the world total social capital and communist class, must be 
placed in the context of the revolution in the technological regime or what Marx 
called "the material power of production"

Marx speaks of at a certain stage in the development of the material power of 
production, it ("it" means the technological regime and its intellectual 
embodiment) comes into conflict with the social relations or how people are 
organized and their labor deployed on the basis of an existing system - with the 
property relations within. Here is the fundamental contradiction if we are to 
deploy this concept. One would do well to reread Marx - again, for the first 

"At a certain stage of their development, the material productive forces of 
society come into conflict with the existing relations of production or -- what 
is merely a legal expression for the same thing -- with the property 
relations within the framework of which they have hitherto operated. From forms of 
development of the productive forces these relations turn into their fetters. At 
that point an era of social revolution begins. With the change in the economic 
foundation the whole immense superstructure is more slowly or more rapidly 
transformed. In considering such transformations it is always necessary to 
distinguish between the material transformation of the economic conditions of 
production, which can be determined with the precision of natural science, and the 
legal, political, religious, artistic or philosophic, in short, ideological, 
forms in which men become conscious of this conflict and fight it out. Just as 
one does not judge an individual by what he thinks about himself, so one 
cannot judge such an epoch of transformation by its consciousness, but, on the 
contrary, this consciousness must be explained from the contradictions of material 
life, from the existing conflict between the social forces of production and 
the relations of production. A social order never perishes before all the 
productive forces for which it is broadly sufficient have been developed, and new 
superior relations of production never replace older ones before the material 
conditions for their existence have matured within the womb of the old 
society. Mankind thus inevitably sets itself only such tasks as it can solve, since 
closer examination will always show that the task itself arises only when the 
material conditions for its solution are already present or at least in the 
process of formation."


Here is the dialectic and "the fundamental contradiction."  

Melvin P. 

Melvin P. 

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