Karl Marx: Revolutionary Heretic
Publisher: Against the Current
Date Written: 01/11/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23435
A celebration of Marx as a thinker who constantly adapted his ideas and thinking.
Here again we see the insistence that revolutionary politics cannot counterpose its preferred state of things to reality. There is no point in telling the world, "this is how it should be." Instead, emancipatory politics begins with the actual struggles that, however elementally, point beyond the existing state of affairs.
It then seeks to deepen and generalize those struggles, to radicalize their most liberatory elements. But it never informs those engaged in real struggles that "they are foolish." Rather than dismissing them, it seeks their inner deepening and development in revolutionary directions.