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Posted by Anthony Iles on January 30, 2001 at 12:44:44:

he disccussions starting point was Karl Marx and whilst the vectors of relations between the art work, it institutions and action in the life world are highly pertinant here i would like to begin the new year with some questions stemming from Karl Marx's writings:
in factr its a pretty famous bit
"All fixed, fast-frozen relations, with their train of ancient and venerable prejudices and opinions are swept away, all new-formed ones become antiquated before they can ossify. All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober senses, his real conditions of life, and his relations with his kind" Communist Manifesto p51 - 52
Now this quote could be applied to pretty much any period or major historical event during the last 150 years since it was written, yet Marx felt that he had already arrived at this point in his lifetime.
are we reading Marx because he drives the interrogation of human conditions in this time and others?
is this the fundamental problem in reading Marx because what he promised could never arrive : faced with the reality of his real conditions man was driven to create new prejudices and totalizing mystifications with unprecedented zeal?
is Marx's formulation of historical revelation another self-continueing mystification?
are we never at this point or are we always (since the begining of modern conciousness) at this point?


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