[Marxism] The revolutionary student movement (1968)

Philip Ferguson philipferguson8 at gmail.com
Sat Oct 27 04:57:36 MDT 2018

Ernest Mandel in 1968:

"Rudi Dutschke, the leader of the Berlin students, and many of the other
representative student figures in Europe, have advanced as the central idea
of their activity the concept of the unity of theory and action, of
revolutionary theory and revolutionary action. This is not an arbitrary
choice. The unity of theory and action can be considered the most important
lesson of historical experience drawn from past revolutions in Europe,
America and other parts of the world.

"The historical tradition which embodies that idea goes from Babeuf through
Hegel to Marx. This ideological conquest means that the great liberation
movement of mankind must be directed by a conscious effort to reconstruct
society, to overcome a situation in which man is dominated by the blind
forces of market economy and starts to take his destiny in his own hands.
This conscious action of emancipation cannot be carried on effectively, and
certainly not carried through, unless man is aware of the social
environment in which he is living, of the social forces he has to confront
and the general social and economic conditions of this liberation movement.

"Just as the unity of theory and action is an essential guide for any
emancipation movement today, so Marxism teaches that. . ."

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