Monday, September 22, 2008

Raphael Samuel, British communist, on the demands of marxism

Marxism: absolutes and totalities. It claimed jurisdiction over every dimension of experience, every department of social life.

- political economy showed how capitalism was a unified essence;
- socialism as "the science of society," an all-embracing determinism;
- a mode of reasoning with universal laws and prophetic authority;
- a philosophy of life that demanded subordination of the self to a higher cause.

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