[Marxism] Formulating a path to abolish the working class - isn't it already too late?

Shane Mage shmage at pipeline.com
Tue Jul 6 08:23:00 MDT 2010


On Jul 6, 2010, at 6:59 AM, Angelus Novus quoted Marx:

"As soon as labour in the direct form has ceased to be the great well- 
spring of wealth, labour time ceases and must cease to be its measure,  
and hence exchange value [must cease to be the measure] of use value.  
The surplus labour of the mass has ceased to be the condition for the  
development of general wealth, just as the non-labour of the few, for  
the development of the general powers of the human head. With that,  
production based on exchange value breaks down, and the direct,  
material production process is stripped of the form of penury and  
antithesis. The free development of individualities, and hence not the  
reduction of necessary labour time so as to posit surplus labour, but  
rather the general reduction of the necessary labour of society to a  
minimum, which then corresponds to the
> artistic, scientific etc. development of the individuals in the time  
> set free, and with the means created, for all of them."

Between this moment and that blessed state there exists...historical  
time.
Marxian politics deals with what happens *during* that epoch.
About which Angelus seems to have scarcely anything to say.


Shane Mage
"Thunderbolt steers all things." Herakleitos of Ephesos, fr. 64








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