[Marxism] Richard Rodriguez, Karl Marx, and California

Paul H. Dillon illonph at pacbell.net
Fri Mar 11 12:59:56 MST 2005

Last night I saw a Richard Rodriguez video essay on the PBS News Hour in 
which he claimed that Karl Marx had prophesied  that California would be the 
first place in the world where a "universal human culture" would develop; a 
point that Rodriguez was himself asserting.

The claim astounded me for a number of reasons.  I don't remember ever 
seeing Marx write anything that would address what we might understand as a 
"universal culture" except in the context of a "communist culture" that 
would be accompany a classless society.  But as to the specifics of belief 
systems, etc, other than the obvious disappearance of religion in the 
Marxist vision of a communist society, I don't think he ever projected 
anything at all that could fit the claim Rodriguez made.  I've read a lot of 
Marx but not everything.

Does anyone on the list have any clue as to what Rodriguez might have been 
referring?  Perhaps something from Marx's newspaper articles on the Civil 
War and US economy?

It's pretty astounding to me that Rodgriguez dropped Marx's name at all but 
the peculiarity of the statement he attributed to the old man was even more 


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