[Marxism] greenwald/olberman

Ruthless Critic of All that Exists ok.president+marxml at gmail.com
Sat Jun 28 00:48:41 MDT 2008


On Fri, Jun 27, 2008 at 5:07 PM, S. Artesian <sartesian at earthlink.net> wrote:

> Not for nothing does Marxism employ the category of necessity and dispense
> with the notion of choice

You seem to be misinterpreting the "...do not make it under
circumstances of their own choosing" idea. It is not a denial of
choice. Marxism does not mean "all structure and no agency".

"Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please;
they do not make it under circumstances of their own choosing, but
under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the
past... And just as they seem to be occupied with revolutionising
themselves and things, creating something that did not exist
before...."

                                                  [Marx, _Eighteenth
Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte_]

"Creating something that did not exist before" is very much a choice.
This is about human agency. One chooses to create. (One could have
chosen not to.)




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