Men and women only genuinely produce when they do so freely and for its own sake… we can gain a foretaste of such creativity in the specialized form of production we know as art. John Milton, Marx writes, “produced Paradise Lost for the same reason that a silkworm produces silk. It was an activity of his nature.” Art is an image of nonalienated labour.

Terry Eagleton (Why Marx Was Right)

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Britain, it is true, has more feudal remnants than most modern nations, from the House of Lords to Black Rod, but this is largely because they prove useful to the ruling middle classes. Like the monarchy, they generate the kind of mystique that is supposed to keep the mass of the people suitably daunted and deferential.
That most British people do not see Prince Andrew as exuding a seductive air of mystery and enigma suggests that there may be more reliable ways of propping up your power.

Terry Eagleton - Why Marx was Right

As the German philosopher Walter Benjamin wrote, revolution is not a runaway train; it is the application of the emergency brake. It is capitalism which is out of control, driven as it is by the anarchy of market forces, and socialism which attempts to reassert some collective mastery over this rampaging beast.

Terry Eagleton - Why Marx was right

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“Modern capitalist nations are the fruit of a history of slavery, genocide, violence and exploitation every bit as abhorrent as Mao’s China or Stalin’s Soviet Union. Capitalism, too, was forged in blood and tears; it is just that it has survived long enough to forget about much of this horror, which is not the case with Stalinism and Maoism.” - Terry Eagleton


classe: from “Why Marx was right”

starsonburningflag:

Modern capitalist nations are the fruit of a history of slavery, genocide, violence and exploitation every bit as abhorrent as Mao’s China or Stalin’s Soviet Union. Capitalism, too, was forged in blood and tears; it is just that it has survived long enough to forget about much of this horror, which is not the case with Stalinism and Maoism.” - Terry Eagleton

classe: from “Why Marx was right

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ftm-communist:

amodernmanifesto:

Last night I finished “Why Marx was Right” by Terry Eagleton.

Excellent book, brilliantly written, by someone who obviously knows his Marx back to front. His writing style is tenacious, and very funny.

His defence of Marxism is incredible, he doesn’t just beat off the opposing argument, he tears it to ribbons. By the end of his defence, you are left quite in awe by his ability.

It has given me a deeper knowledge of not only Marxist theory, but also the immense beauty of his ideas and his work, in all its brilliance and imperfections.

It has also allowed me to get my thoughts on the topic in order enough to be able to defend Marxism myself, it refutes very common critiques and accusations, often made without evidence or argument.

It is a necessary companion for any Marxist, and an important read for anyone else involved in liberation movements of any kind.’

EVERYONE READ IT!!!! IT IS GREAT!!!!

100% agreement - THIS IS THE BOOK FOR MARXISTS!

classe: reading right now ftw

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