Germany and European Civilization
James, C.L.R. (writing as J.R. Johnson)/CxArchive/MIA/james-clr/works/1944/11/germany-civilisation.htm
Publisher: New International
Year Published: 1944
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX8021
From at least the time of the publication of Capital to the present day, all political and social thought, particularly in Europe, have revolved around the ideas of Marxism. And these ideas were nourished, developed, propagated and defended above all by the German proletariat. Not only the revolutionary movement but modern thought owes the German workers a debt which it can never repay. So far has Marxism penetrated into the thought of the time that today the ideas of hundreds of thousands of intellectuals, who consider themselves anti-Marxists, have validity only to the extent that they have borrowed or unconsciously assimilated the very ideas which they oppose.