[Marxism] Consumer Culture - 4/dialectics
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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."
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