Re: KARL MARX LESEN : The Communist Manifesto, 1848

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Posted by au on August 06, 2000 at 11:04:59:

In Reply to: KARL MARX LESEN : The Communist Manifesto, 1848 posted by rainer on April 23, 1999 at 17:29:41:

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: The new book I propose to read and discuss
: together here on line is THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO
: written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in 1848.

: 150 years later, this wonderful text is more than
: relevant. It gives a detailed description of
: neoliberalism and the way modern - contemporary -
: capitalism works.

: The most astonishing aspects of his historical and
: structural analysis - and in particular in The
: Capital - is his detailed multi faceted
: descriptions of how capitalism is constructed.
: Where it comes from, where it goes to. This is not
: to say, that by studying capitalism, its genealogy
: and its ontology, one necessarily has to share
: the same conclusions of a proletarian dictatorship
: he did. Quite the opposite.

: Today, his texts are the new bible of stock
: brokers who can see themselves mirrored and well
: depicted. Marx anticipated a world of high tech
: communication networks, global turbo-capitalism
: and speaks of a bankocraty (Das Kapital) that
: reigns the world.

: He is absolutely right. But he underestimated and
: overestimated the teleological force of his
: thoughts. Marx in his introduction to Das Kapital
: speaks very clearly that the German society
: suffers from too much and not enough
: industrialization at the same time. Marx can very
: easily be read as the ultimate capitalist.
: Definitely as the ultimate critic, historian and
: analyst of capitalism, imperialism, sexism, and
: colonialism. His remarks on the state of the
: family, the function of women and children have
: come more than true. Todays capitalism exploits
: mostly women and children. (I hope your sneakers
: or all kind of other sports wear you are having on
: hurt a little bit.... ).

: Even in his 40 pages of the Manifesto it is all
: there. It is brilliantly written and full of
: insights that can serve today moren than ever as
: a powerful tool to come to terms (ideological,
: social, political, etc...) with contemporary
: reality.

: As in the past I will give portions of the text
: and hope to generate a discussion and hopefully
: actions.

: Any conclusions of his analysis are up to you. You
: can become a stock broker, an educator (I guess I
: could be named an educator) a neo RAF bomb builder
: or an info-terrorist on the internet. Resistance
: or affirmation, protest, outrage or collaboration
: -- this book helps you.

: (taken from#rainer`s reading seminar# (

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