[Marxism] Engels on 'relative autonomy'
cbrown at michiganlegal.org
Sat Apr 22 08:56:26 MDT 2006
Thanks, I know that letter to Bloch - I just recalled actually seeing that
phrase attributed to Engels somewhere, but probably that was a
misattribution, wanted check. So is the word 'autonomy' (or rather Autonomie
or some other German term) ever used in Marx or Engels' work to indicate
such a thing? If not, when did the concept first originate - obviously I
know of Adorno and Althusser, but wondered if there were earlier precedents?
CB: It is possible that Lenin's anti-Economism in _What is to be done ?_ is
a logical permutation of this. The "Meneshiviks" advocated confining the
workers' to shop floor, trade unionism pure and simple struggles. Lenin
advocated workers being involved in political struggles in opposition to
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