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

Austin, Andrew austina at uwgb.edu
Mon Mar 27 11:25:53 MST 2006


Charles,

Production of material life is an extreme abstraction.  Marx was
concerned with *concrete* historical conditions and relations.  These
are the roots of history - the dynamics of societal change.  It isn't
production - and empty construct - but *feudalist* production or
*capitalist* production (etc.) of material life that is the focus of the
historical materialist.

Andrew

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Subject: [Marxism] Do you agree or disagree with the following
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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 life."


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