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Single Idea 21995

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / D. Ideologies / 9. Communism]

Full Idea

Once the 'interaction' between the superstructure and the productive forces is admitted, is it still possible to maintain that production determines the superstructure, rather than the other way round?

Gist of Idea

Must production determine superstructure, or could it be the other way round?


comment on Karl Marx (Capital Vol. 1 [1867]) by Peter Singer - Marx 7

Book Reference

Singer,Peter: 'Marx' [OUP 1996], p.39

A Reaction

It is much harder to defend historical determinism if Singer is right about this. Modern capitalism won't admit of the sort of simple distinctions that mark was looking for.