Monthly Archives: April 2011

Anarchy in the social division of labour, despotism in that of the workshop

Marx, from “Division of Labor and Manufacture” in Capital Vol. 1: The a priori system on which the division of labour, within the workshop, is regularly carried out, becomes in the division of labour within the society, an a posteriori, nature-imposed necessity, controlling … Continue reading

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The resolved mystery of all constitutions

Marx, from “Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right”: “Democracy is the truth of monarchy, monarchy is not the truth of democracy. Monarchy is necessarily democracy in contradiction with itself, whereas the monarchial moment is no contradiction within democracy. Monarchy cannot, … Continue reading

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What will this new social order have to be like?

Engels, from “The Principles of Communism”: Above all, it will have to take the control of industry and of all branches of production out of the hands of mutually competing individuals, and instead institute a system in which all these … Continue reading

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The True Realm of Freedom

Marx, from “The Trinity Formula” in Capital, Vol. 3: “We have seen that the capitalist process of production is a historically determined form of the social process of production in general. The latter is as much a production process of material … Continue reading

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