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

Charles Brown cbrown at michiganlegal.org
Mon Mar 27 10:06:50 MST 2006

  as Robert Montgomery has already pointed out, social classes are a
product of history, i.e. they came into being at some point the
evolution of mankind, and will vanish once the conditions for that are

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This is structural functionalism not historical materialism.  Andrew


CB: What do you make Marx and Engels discussion as follows:

In _The German Ideology_, Marx and Engels asserted an elementary
anthropological or "human nature" rationale for this conception. In a
section titled "History: Fundamental Condtions" they say:

... life involves before everything else eating and drinking, a habitation ,
clothing and many other things. The first historical act is thus the
production of material life itself. And indeed this is an historical act a
fundamental condition of all history, which today, as thousands of years
ago, must daily and hourly be fulfilled merely in order to sustain human

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