By Domenico Losurdo, Gregory Elliot
Available for the 1st time in English, this booklet examines and reinterprets classification fight inside Marx and Engels’ notion. As Losurdo argues, classification fight is usually misunderstood as solely the fight of the terrible opposed to the wealthy, of the standard opposed to the strong. it really is an interpretation that's pricey to populism, person who supposes a binary good judgment that closes its eyes to complexity and inclines in the direction of the social gathering of poverty as a spot of ethical excellence. This booklet, despite the fact that, exhibits the idea of sophistication fight is a common idea of social clash. whenever, the main opposed social conflicts are intertwined in numerous methods. A historic scenario constantly emerges with particular and exact features that necessitate severe exam, freed from schematic and biased research. provided that it breaks clear of populism can Marxism improve the power to interpret and alter the world.
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Extra resources for Class Struggle: A Political and Philosophical History
With this italic I intend to signal a preliminary problem. Obviously, existence is marked by an infinity of conflicts that develop between individuals for a whole variety of reasons. But what is involved here is analysing conflicts whose protagonists are not single individuals, but social subjects who, directly or indirectly, pertain to the social order, to some essential articulation of the division of labour and the social order. This is how the object of Marx’s theory of ‘class struggles’ is defined.
But it may be that religion is the terrain where rudimentary consciousness of the conflict, of class struggle in its various configurations, emerges. This is the case, in particular, with the national question. In such instances, religious representations, which explain the conflict on the basis of a clash between Irish Catholics and British Protestants, or between Polish Catholics and Russian Orthodox Christians, is much less idealistic and much less mystificatory than the view that sees Enlightenment and obscurantism at grips in Ireland and Poland.
Was a bloodbath justified merely to indulge the industrial bourgeoisie of the North against the landowning aristocracy of the South, or to replace one exploiting class with another and spread wage slavery by removing classical slavery? What was at stake seemed all the more vile given that the material conditions of wage slaves were no better than those of slaves proper at the time. Capping it all was the hypocrisy for which substantial sections of the British working class criticized abolitionists in their country.
Class Struggle: A Political and Philosophical History by Domenico Losurdo, Gregory Elliot