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By David McLellan

This article offers the elemental parts helpful for a snatch of the diversity and complexity of Marx's rules. the 1st 1/2 the booklet is a chronological account of Marx's rules with a miniumum of biographical and historic element. the second one part is thematic and gives a concise precis of Marx's place, and extracts from his key texts on alienation, ancient materialism, labour, category, the get together, the country, revolution and destiny Communist society. David McLellan is the writer of "The younger Hegelians and Karl Marx", "Karl Marx: The Early Texts", and "Marx earlier than Marxism".

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8 KMSW, p. 69. The Thought qf Karl Mara: 24 ad hominem as soon as it is radical. To be radical is to grasp the matter by the root. But for man the root is man himself. The manifest proof of the radicalism of German theory and its practical energy is that it starts from the decisive and positive abolition of religion. The criticism of religion ends with the doctrine that man is the highest being for man, that is, with the categorical imperative to overthrow all circumstances in which man is humiliated, enslaved, abandoned and despised.

Marx's description of the third and final stage of communism was almost mystical in tone: ... communism as the positive abolition of private property and thus of human self-alienation and therefore the real reappropriation of the human essence by and for man. e. human being. Communism as completed naturalism is humanism and as completed humanism is naturalism. It is the genuine solution of the antagonism between man and nature and between man and man. It is the true solution of the struggle between existence and essence, between objectification and self-affirmation, between freedom and necessity, between individual and species.

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