Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844
Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 are a series of notes written between April and August 1844 by Karl Marx. Not published by Marx during his lifetime, they were first released in 1932 by researchers in the Soviet Union; the notebooks are an early expression of Marx's analysis of economics, chiefly Adam Smith, critique of the philosophy of G. W. F. Hegel. Die Bewegung der Produktion by Friedrich Wilhelm Schulz is a key influence; the notebooks cover a wide range of topics including private property and money. They are best known for their early expression of Marx's argument that the conditions of modern industrial societies result in the estrangement of wage-workers from their own work, their own products, in turn from themselves and from each other; because the 1844 manuscripts show Marx's thought at the time of its early genesis, their publication, in English not until 1959, has profoundly affected recent scholarship on Marx and Marxism regarding the relation of Marxism to earlier work in German Idealism.
The young Marx had been ignored until because his early works were considered more "philosophical" and by some as not "scientific" enough, that is, "economic" as in Das Kapital. However, Marxist humanists regard this book as one of the most important texts by Marx and crucial for understanding his entire thought, Marxians refer to it. In the first manuscript in which there are extensive quotes on economics from Adam Smith, Marx exposes his theory of alienation, which he adapted from Feuerbach's The Essence of Christianity, he explains how, under capitalism and more people rely on "labour" to live. That is, before people could rely in part on Nature itself for its "natural needs". Thus, if the alienation of the worker consists in being a "slave toward its object", the worker is doubly alienated: "first, he receives an object of labour, he finds work, second, he receives means of subsistence, he thereby owes it second as a physical subject. The last straw of this servitude is that it is only his quality as a worker that permits him to continue to conserve himself as a physical subject, it is only as a physical subject that he can be a worker".
In other words, the worker relies on labour to gain money to be able to live. Labour is only used to create more wealth, instead of achieving the fulfillment of human nature. ‘Excerpt notes of 1844’ called the ‘Paris manuscripts’ are known as some of Karl Marx’s earliest writings on philosophy plus economics. However, they were only published in the 1930s after the Soviet Revolution of 1917 had taken place, he argues that the worker is alienated in four ways: Alienation from the product he produces The labour becomes impersonal Alienation from nature and self Alienation from other human beings Within classical political economy, economists lay out theories determining value in terms of precious metals or money such as silver and gold, costs of production, amount of labour embedded within a product and the, in Marx's view, chaotic process of demand and supply. Money was invented only to overcome difficulties exchanging goods, since it was and still would be difficult to trade five oranges for half a dog.
Hence money, as the empiricist John Stuart Mill says, is just the medium of exchange to be more flexible. For Marx, the problem with money consists of the fact that from being a substitute money becomes a good, it does not represent the value of a several goods. Therefore, due to its flexibility, money could purchase everything, as long as sufficiently available; the market mechanism for exchange altered and Marx claimed the market principle formula Money-Commodity-Profit in contrast to the traditional formula Commodity-Money-Commodity to be a perversion of the logic of market. As did Aristotle, Marx argues that the market system does not serve a mere desire of exchange, but the aim of profit. To gain profits, money thereby becomes capital resulting in capitalism. Marx defines capital as “accumulated labour”; the fetishism of money is born. Men are evaluated in terms of their materialistic creditability; this becomes an economic judgement of their morality. The consequence is that morality becomes a vehicle for money.
Basic human ideals change. The main objective of men moves towards earning as much money as possible, putting everything else in background; this enhances the formation and size of gaps between the capitalist and the labourer, gives power to those who are wealthy. This means that the poorer become more dependent on the rich, since they are the rich’s employees; this is a rather unfortunate process for the poor, since they have to sell their labour to the capitalist and in return are being paid a wage. However, the capitalist pays lesser wage than the value added by the labourer; when he brings the product onto the market, the labourer has to buy the product at a proportionally higher price than he can afford. Thereby it becomes impossible for the poor to build up capital and on the other hand quite easy for the capitalist to increase his. A situation of dissimulation and subservience of the poor is created. Developing this idea further on, the credit relationship becomes an object of trades of abuse and misuse.
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Crisis theory, concerning the causes and consequences of the tendency for the rate of profit to fall in a capitalist system, is now associated with Marxist economics. Earlier analysis by Jean Charles Léonard de Sismondi provided the first suggestions of the systemic roots of Crisis. "The distinctive feature of Sismondi’s analysis is that it is geared to an explicit dynamic model in the modern sense of this phrase... Sismondi’s great merit is that he used and explicitly, a schema of periods, that is, that he was the first to practice the particular method of dynamics, called period analysis". Marx built on Sismondi's theoretical insights. Rosa Luxemburg and Henryk Grossman both drew attention to Sismondi's work, on the nature of capitalism, as a reference point for Karl Marx, Grossman in particular pointed out how Sismondi had contributed to the development of a series of Marx’s concepts including crises as a necessary feature of capitalism, arising from its contradictions between forces and relations of production and exchange value and consumption, capital and wage labor.
His "inkling... that the bourgeois forms are only transitory" was distinctive. John Stuart Mill in his Of the Tendency of Profits to a Minimum which forms Chapter III of Book IV of his Principles of Political Economy and Chapter V, Consequences of the Tendency of Profits to a Minimum, provides a conspectus of the accepted understanding of a number of the key elements, after David Ricardo, but without Karl Marx's theoretical working out of the theory that Frederick Engels posthumously published in Capital, Volume III. Marx's crisis theory was only understood among leading Marxists at the beginning of the twentieth-century, his notes, ‘Books of Crisis’ remain unpublished and have been referred to. A small group including Rosa Luxemburg and Lenin attempted to defend the revolutionary implications of the theory, while others, first Eduard Bernstein and Rudolf Hilferding, argued against its continued applicability, thereby founded one of the mainstreams of revision of the interpretation of Marx's ideas after Marx.
It was Henryk Grossman in 1929 who most rescued Marx's theoretical presentation... ‘he was the first Marxist to systematically explore the tendency for the organic composition of capital to rise and hence for the rate of profit to fall as a fundamental feature of Marx's explanation of economic crises in Capital.' Independently Samezō Kuruma was in 1929 drawing attention to the decisive importance in Marx's writings and made the explicit connection between Crisis theory and the theory of imperialism. Following the extensive setbacks to independent working class politics, the widespread destruction both of people and capital value, the 1930s and'40s saw attempts to reformulate Marx's analysis with less revolutionary consequences, for example in Joseph Schumpeter's concept of creative destruction, and his presentation of Marx's crisis theory as a prefiguration of aspects of what Schumpeter, others, championed as a theory of business cycles. “... more than any other economist identified cycles with the process of production and operation of additional plant and equipment”A survey of the competing theories of crisis in the different strands of political economy and economics was provided by Anwar Shaikh in 1978. and by Ernest Mandel in his'Introduction' to the Penguin edition of Marx's Capital Volume III in the section ‘marxist theories of crisis’ where Mandel says more about the theoretical confusion on this question at that time among thoughtful and influential marxists, than an excursus or introduction to Marx's crisis theory.
There have been attempts in periods of capitalist growth and expansion, most notably in the long Post-War Boom to both explain the phenomenon and to argue that Marx's strong statements of its'law like' fundamental character under capitalism have been overcome in practice, in theory or both. As a result, there have been persistent challenges to this aspect of Marx's theoretical achievement and reputation. Keynesian's argue that a "crisis" may refer to an sharp bust cycle of the regular boom and bust pattern of "chaotic" capitalist development, which, if no countervailing action is taken, could continue to develop into a recession or depression, it continues to be argued in terms of historical materialism theory, that such crises will repeat until objective and subjective factors combine to precipitate the transition to the new mode of production either by sudden collapse in a final crisis or gradual erosion of the basing on competition and the emerging dominance of cooperation. Karl Marx considered his crisis theory to be his most substantial theoretical achievement.
He presents it in its most developed form as Law of Tendency for the Rate of Profit to Fall combined with a discussion of various counter tendencies, which may slow or modify its impact." Roman Rosdolsky observed that ‘Marx concludes by saying that the law of the tendency of the rate of profit to fall is ‘in every respect the most important law of modern political economy... despite its simplicity, it has never before been grasped and less consciously articulated... It is from the historical standpoint the most important law.’ A key characteristic of these theoretical factors is that none of them are natural or accidental in origin but instead arise from systemic elements of capitalism as a mode of production and basic social order. In Marx's words, "The real barrier of capitalist production is capital itself"; the law of the falling rate of profit, the unexpected consequence of the profit motive, is described by Marx as a "two-faced law with the same causes fo
Marxism is a theory and method of working class self-emancipation. As a theory, it relies on a method of socioeconomic analysis that views class relations and social conflict using a materialist interpretation of historical development and takes a dialectical view of social transformation, it originates from the works of 19th-century German philosophers Friedrich Engels. Marxism uses a methodology, now known as historical materialism, to analyze and critique the development of class society and of capitalism as well as the role of class struggles in systemic economic and political change. According to Marxist theory, in capitalist societies, class conflict arises due to contradictions between the material interests of the oppressed and exploited proletariat—a class of wage labourers employed to produce goods and services—and the bourgeoisie—the ruling class that owns the means of production and extracts its wealth through appropriation of the surplus product produced by the proletariat in the form of profit.
This class struggle, expressed as the revolt of a society's productive forces against its relations of production, results in a period of short-term crises as the bourgeoisie struggle to manage the intensifying alienation of labor experienced by the proletariat, albeit with varying degrees of class consciousness. In periods of deep crisis, the resistance of the oppressed can culminate in a proletarian revolution which, if victorious, leads to the establishment of socialism—a socioeconomic system based on social ownership of the means of production, distribution based on one's contribution and production organized directly for use; as the productive forces continued to advance, Marx hypothesized that socialism would be transformed into a communist society: a classless, humane society based on common ownership and the underlying principle: "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs". Marxism has developed into many different branches and schools of thought, with the result that there is now no single definitive Marxist theory.
Different Marxian schools place a greater emphasis on certain aspects of classical Marxism while rejecting or modifying other aspects. Many schools of thought have sought to combine Marxian concepts and non-Marxian concepts, which has led to contradicting conclusions; however there is movement toward the recognition that historical materialism and dialectical materialism remains the fundamental aspect of all Marxist schools of thought. Marxism has had a profound impact on global academia and has influenced many fields such as archaeology, media studies, political science, history, art history and theory, cultural studies, economics, criminology, literary criticism, film theory, critical psychology and philosophy; the term "Marxism" was popularized by Karl Kautsky, who considered himself an "orthodox" Marxist during the dispute between the orthodox and revisionist followers of Marx. Kautsky's revisionist rival Eduard Bernstein later adopted use of the term. Engels did not support the use of the term "Marxism" to describe either his views.
Engels claimed that the term was being abusively used as a rhetorical qualifier by those attempting to cast themselves as "real" followers of Marx while casting others in different terms, such as "Lassallians". In 1882, Engels claimed that Marx had criticized self-proclaimed "Marxist" Paul Lafargue, by saying that if Lafargue's views were considered "Marxist" "one thing is certain and, that I am not a Marxist". Marxism analyzes the material conditions and the economic activities required to fulfill human material needs to explain social phenomena within any given society, it assumes that the form of economic organization, or mode of production, influences all other social phenomena—including wider social relations, political institutions, legal systems, cultural systems and ideologies. The economic system and these social relations form a superstructure; as forces of production, i.e. technology, existing forms of organizing production become obsolete and hinder further progress. As Karl Marx observed: "At a certain stage of development, the material productive forces of society come into conflict with the existing relations of production or—this expresses the same thing in legal terms—with the property relations within the framework of which they have operated hitherto.
From forms of development of the productive forces these relations turn into their fetters. Begins an era of social revolution"; these inefficiencies manifest themselves as social contradictions in society which are, in turn, fought out at the level of the class struggle. Under the capitalist mode of production, this struggle materializes between the minority who own the means of production and the vast majority of the population who produce goods and services. Starting with the conjectural premise that social change occurs because of the struggle between different classes within society who are under contradiction against each other, a Marxist would conclude that capitalism exploits and oppresses the proletariat, therefore capitalism will lead to a proletarian revolution. Marxian economics and its proponents view capitalism as economically unsustainable and incapable of improving the living standards of the population due to its need to compensate for falling rates of profit by cutting employee's wages, social benefits and pursuing military aggression.
The socialist system would succeed capitalism as humanity's mode of production through workers' revolution. According to Marxian crisis theory, socialism is not an economic necessity. In a sociali
In Karl Marx's critique of political economy, commodity fetishism is the perception of the social relationships involved in production not as relationships among people, but as economic relationships among the money and commodities exchanged in market trade. As such, commodity fetishism transforms the subjective, abstract aspects of economic value into objective, real things that people believe have intrinsic value; the theory of commodity fetishism is presented in the first chapter of Das Kapital, at the conclusion of the analysis of the value-form of commodities, to explain that the social organization of labor is mediated through market exchange, the buying and the selling of commodities. Hence, in a capitalist society, social relations between people—who makes what, who works for whom, the production-time for a commodity, et cetera—are perceived as economic relations among objects, that is, how valuable a given commodity is when compared to another commodity. Therefore, the market exchange of commodities obscures the true economic character of the human relations of production, between the worker and the capitalist, the intrinsic value of what is exchanged, irrespective of its status relative to other commodities.
Marx explained the philosophic concepts underlying commodity fetishism thus: As against this, the commodity-form, the value-relation of the products of labour within which it appears, have no connection with the physical nature of the commodity and the material relations arising out of this. It is nothing but the definite social relation between men themselves which assumes here, for them, the fantastic form of a relation between things. In order, therefore, to find an analogy we must take flight into the misty realm of religion. There the products of the human brain appear as autonomous figures endowed with a life of their own, which enter into relations both with each other and with the human race. So it is in the world of commodities with the products of men's hands. I call this the fetishism which attaches itself to the products of labour as soon as they are produced as commodities, is therefore inseparable from the production of commodities; the theory of commodity fetishism originated from Karl Marx's references to fetishes and fetishism in his analyses of religious superstition, in the criticism of the beliefs of political economists.
Marx borrowed the concept of "fetishism" from The Cult of Fetish Gods by Charles de Brosses, which proposed a materialist theory of the origin of religion. Moreover, in the 1840s, the philosophic discussion of fetishism by Auguste Comte, Ludwig Feuerbach's psychological interpretation of religion influenced Marx's development of commodity fetishism. Marx's first mention of fetishism appeared in 1842, in his response to a newspaper article by Karl Heinrich Hermes, which defended the Prussian state on religious grounds. Hermes agreed with the German philosopher Hegel in regarding fetishism as the crudest form of religion. Marx dismissed that argument, Hermes's definition of religion as that which elevates man "above sensuous appetites". Instead, Marx said that fetishism is "the religion of sensuous appetites", that the fantasy of the appetites tricks the fetish worshipper into believing that an inanimate object will yield its natural character to gratify the desires of the worshipper. Therefore, the crude appetite of the fetish worshipper smashes the fetish when it ceases to be of service.
The next mention of fetishism was in the 1842 Rheinische Zeitung newspaper articles about the "Debates on the Law on Thefts of Wood", wherein Marx spoke of the Spanish fetishism of gold and the German fetishism of wood as commodities: The savages of Cuba regarded gold as a fetish of the Spaniards. They celebrated a feast in its honour, sang in a circle around it, threw it into the sea. If the Cuban savages had been present at the sitting of the Rhine Province Assembly, would they not have regarded wood as the Rhinelanders' fetish? But a subsequent sitting would have taught them that the worship of animals is connected with this fetishism, they would have thrown the hares into the sea in order to save the human beings. In the Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844, Marx spoke of the European fetish of precious-metal money: The nations which are still dazzled by the sensuous glitter of precious metals, are, still fetish-worshippers of metal money, are not yet developed money-nations. Contrast of France and England.
The extent to which the solution of theoretical riddles is the task of practice, is effected through practice, the extent to which true practice is the condition of a real and positive theory, is shown, for example, in fetishism. The sensuous consciousness of the fetish-worshipper is different from that of the Greek, because his sensuous existence is different; the abstract enmity between sense and spirit is necessary so long as the human feeling for nature, the human sense of nature, therefore the natural sense of man, are not yet produced by man's own labour. In the ethnological notebooks, he commented upon the archæological reportage of The Origin of Civilisation and the Primitive Condition of Man: Mental and Social conditions of Savages, by John Lubbock. In the Outlines of the Critique of Political Economy, he criticized the statist, anti-socialist arguments of the French economist Frédéric Bastiat.
Lumpenproletariat is a term used by Marxist theorists to describe the underclass devoid of class consciousness. Coined by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in the 1840s, they used it to refer to the "unthinking" lower strata of society exploited by reactionary and counter-revolutionary forces in the context of the revolutions of 1848, they contrasted it with the proletariat. Among other groups criminals and prostitutes are included in this category; the Social Democratic Party of Germany made wide use of the term by the turn of the century. Lenin and Trotsky followed Marx's arguments and dismissed its revolutionary potential, while Mao argued it can be utilized by a proper leadership; the term was popularized in the West by Frantz Fanon in the 1960s and has been adopted as a sociological term. However, its vagueness and its history as a term of abuse has led to some criticism; some radical groups, most notably the Black Panthers and the Young Lords, have sought to mobilize the lumpenproletariat. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels are considered to have coined the term lumpenproletariat.
It is composed of the German word lumpen, translated as "ragged" and prolétariat, a French word adopted as a common Marxist term for the class of wage earners in a capitalist system. Hal Draper argued. Bussard noted that the meaning of lump shifted from being a person dressed in rags in the 17th century to knavery in the 19th century; the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language defines it as "the lowest stratum of the proletariat. Used in Marxist theory to describe those members of the proletariat criminals and the unemployed, who lacked awareness of their collective interest as an oppressed class." In modern usage, it is defined to include the chronically unemployed, the homeless, career criminals. The Communist Party USA website defines it as follows: In English translations of Marx and Engels, lumpenproletariat has sometimes been rendered as "social scum", "dangerous classes", "ragamuffin", "ragged-proletariat", it has been described by some scholars and theorists, as well as the Soviet nomenclature, as a declassed group.
The term "underclass" is considered to be the modern synonym of lumpenproleteriat. Scholars note its negative connotations. Economist Richard McGahey, writing for the New York Times in 1982, noted that it is one of the older terms in a "long line of labels that stigmatize poor people for their poverty by focusing on individual characteristics." He listed the following synonyms: "underclass", "undeserving poor", "culture of poverty". Another synonym is "riff-raff"; the word is used in some languages as a pejorative. In English it may be used in an informal disapproving manner to "describe people who are not clever or well educated, who are not interested in changing or improving their situation." According to Bussard Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels viewed the lumpenproletariat as: They used the term with negative connotations, although their works lack "consistent and reasoned definition" of the term. They used the term in various publications "for diverse purposes and on several levels of meaning."Hal Draper suggested that the concept has its roots in Young Hegelian thought and in G.
W. F. Hegel's Elements of the Philosophy of Right. While Bussard believes that the idea was "at one and the same time, a hybrid of new social attitudes which crystallised in France and Germany, as well as an extension of more traditional, pre-nineteenth-century views of the lower classes." Bussard noted that they used the term as a "kind of sociological profanity" and contrasted between it and "working and thinking" proletariat. According to Michael Denning by identifying the lumpenproletariat, "Marx was combating the established view that the entire working class was a dangerous and immoral element, he drew a line between the proletariat and the lumpenproletariat to defend the moral character of the former." The first collaborative work by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels to feature the term lumpenproletariat is The German Ideology, written in 1845−46. They used it to describe the plebs of ancient Rome who were midway between freemen and slaves, never becoming more than a "proletarian rabble " and Max Stirner's "self-professed radical constituency of the Lumpen or ragamuffin."
The first work written by Marx to mention the term was an article published in the Neue Rheinische Zeitung in November 1848 which described the lumpenproletariat as a "tool of reaction" in the revolutions of 1848 and as a "significant counterrevolutionary force throughout Europe." Engels wrote in The Peasant War in Germany that the lumpenproletariat is a "phenomenon that occurs in a more or less developed form in all the so far known phases of society". In The Communist Manifesto, where lumpenproletariat is translated in English editions as the "dangerous class" and the "social scum", Marx and Engels wrote: In an article analyzing the June 1848 events in Paris Engels wrote of the gardes mobiles, a militia which suppressed the workers' uprising: "The organized lumpenproletariat had given battle to the working proletariat, it had, as was to be expected, put itself at the disposal of the bourgeoisie." Thoburn notes that Marx makes his most detailed descriptions of the lumpenproletariat in his writings of the revolutionary turmoil in France between 1848 and 1852: The Class Struggles in France 1848-1850 and The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon.
In The Class Struggles he describes the finance aristocracy of Louis Philippe I and his July Monarchy as lumpe
Dialectics of Nature
Dialectics of Nature is an unfinished 1883 work by Friedrich Engels that applies Marxist ideas – those of dialectical materialism – to science. Engels wrote most of the manuscript between 1872 and 1882, a melange of German and English notations on the contemporary development of science and technology. However, it was not published within his lifetime. In times, Eduard Bernstein passed the manuscripts to Albert Einstein, who thought the science confused but the overall work worthy of a broader readership. After that in 1927, the Marx-Engels Institute in Moscow published the manuscripts; the biologist J. B. S. Haldane wrote a preface for the work in 1939, "Hence it is hard to follow if one does not know the history of the scientific practice of that time; the idea of what is now called the conservation of energy was beginning to permeate physics and biology, but it was still incompletely realised, still more incompletely applied. Words such as'force','motion', and'vis viva' were used where we should now speak of energy".
Some controversial topics of Engels' day, pertaining to incomplete or faulty theories, are now settled, making some of Engels' essays dated. "Their interest lies not so much in their detailed criticism of theories, but in showing how Engels grappled with intellectual problems". One "law" proposed in the Dialectics of Nature is the "law of the transformation of quantity into quality and vice versa"; the most cited example of this is the change of water from a liquid to a gas, by increasing its temperature. In contemporary science, this process is known as a phase transition. There has been an effort to apply this mechanism to social phenomena, whereby population increases result in changes in social structure. Dialectics and its study was derived from the philosopher G. W. F. Hegel, who, in turn, had studied the Greek philosopher Heraclitus and author of Science of Logic. Heraclitus taught that everything was changing and that all things consisted of two opposite elements which changed into each other as night changes into day, light into darkness, life into death etc.
Engels's work develops from the comments. It includes the famous "The Part Played by Labour in the Transition from Ape to Man", published separately as a pamphlet. Engels argues that the hand and brain grew together, an idea supported by fossil discoveries. Most of the work is fragmentary. A quotation from its biology: Vertebrates, their essential character: the grouping of the whole body about the nervous system. Thereby the development of self-consciousness, etc. becomes possible. In all other animals the nervous system is a secondary affair, here it is the basis of the whole organisation. Natural philosophy Full text on-line. Available as pdf Michael Kosok, Essay on Dialectics of Nature Dialectics and Chaos
The German Ideology
The German Ideology is a set of manuscripts written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels around April or early May 1846. Marx and Engels did not find a publisher, but the work was retrieved and published for the first time in 1932 by David Riazanov through the Marx-Engels Institute in Moscow; the multi-part book consists of many satirically written polemics against Bruno Bauer, other Young Hegelians, Max Stirner's The Ego and Its Own. Part I, however, is a work of exposition giving the appearance of being the work for which the "Theses on Feuerbach" served as an outline; the work is a restatement of the theory of history Marx was beginning to call the "materialist conception of history". Since its first publication, Marxist scholars have found the work valuable since it is the most comprehensive statement of Marx's theory of history stated at such length and detail. However, recent research for the new Marx Engels Gesamtausgabe indicates that much of the'system' in it was created afterwards by the Marx-Engels Institute in Moscow in the 1930s.
The text itself was written by Marx and Engels in Brussels in 1845 and 1846 but it was not published until 1932. The Preface and some of the alterations and additions are in Marx's hand; the bulk of the manuscript is in Engels' hand, except for Chapter V of Volume II and some passages of Chapter III of Volume I which are in Joseph Weydemeyer's hand. Chapter V in Volume II was edited by Marx and Engels; the text in German runs to around 700 pages. Marx and Engels argue that humans distinguish themselves from animals as soon as they begin to produce their means of subsistence; the nature of individuals depends on the material conditions determining their production. How far the productive forces of a nation are developed is shown by the degree to which the division of labor has been carried. There is a direct link between division of labor and forms of ownership; the ruling class, in ruling the material force of society, is the ruling intellectual force of society. They regulate the distribution of ideas of their age.
As the ruling class changes with time, so too do the ideals and the new ruling class must instill upon its society its own ideas which will become universal. The ruling ideas are thought to be the universal interest. However, it is an illusion; this system will forever remain in place so long as society is organized around the need for a ruling class. To illustrate this theoretical framework, Marx draws on his formulation of superstructure. Historical development is the reflection of changes in the economic and material relations of the base; when the base changes, a revolutionary class becomes the new ruling class that forms the superstructure. During revolution, the revolutionary class makes certain that its ideas appeal to humanity in general so that after a successful revolution these ideas appear natural and universal; these ideas, which the super-structural elements of society propagate become the governing ideology of the historical period. Furthermore, the governing ideology mystifies the economic relations of society and therefore places the proletariat in a state of false consciousness that serves to reproduce the working class."Morality, metaphysics, all the rest of ideology and their corresponding forms of consciousness no longer retain the semblance of independence.
This approach allows us to cease understanding history as a collection of dead facts or an imagined activity of subjects. German idealism The Indian Ideology and The Californian Ideology, whose titles were inspired by The German Ideology Lumpenproletariat Marxist philosophy Sociology of knowledge Young Hegelians Young Marx Terrell Carver and Daniel Blank, Political History of the Editions of Marx and Engels's "German Ideology Manuscripts." New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. Margaret A. Rose, Reading the Young Marx and Engels: Poetry and the Censor. London: Croon Helm, 1978; the German Ideology