[Marxism] Re Do you agree or disagree with the following proposition

robert montgomery ilyenkova at gmail.com
Sun Mar 26 18:50:38 MST 2006


Charles:
>>Production and economic classes are the starting point of Marxist
analysis of human society, including in the Manifesto, because human life,
like all plant and animal life must fulfill biological needs to exist as
life at all. Marx and Engels are looking for _necessity_  to put historical
materialism on a scientific basis. In human biology there is necessity,
things that must be done.<<

I would reword it:

The premiss of historical materialism is that the production and
reproduction of the material requirements of life is the condition for
human history. Thus the study of history must always begin here. 
Humans have produced and reproduced their material requirements prior
to class differentiation. They will continue to do so when social
classes cease to exist. As long as material scarcity exists humans
will labor under the realm of necessity and struggle with nature. The
realm of freedom can only begin with the end of production driven by
the whip of necessity (Marx says this nicely in the Grundrisse I
believe).
RM




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