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Single Idea 23875

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

Full Idea

Marx posits on the one hand that force alone governs social relations to the exclusion of anything else, and on the other hand that one day the weak, while remaining weak, will nevertheless be stronger. He believed in miracles.

Gist of Idea

Marx says force is everything, and that the weak will become strong, while remaining the weak


comment on Karl Marx (works [1860]) by Simone Weil - Fragments: London 1943 p.149

Book Reference

Weil,Simone: 'Oppression and Liberty' [Routledge 1955], p.149

A Reaction

This is close to the obvious contradiction if the working classes despise the middle classes (the dreaded 'bourgeoisie') while their only aspiration is to be like them. It is hard to custom design a new class to which they could both aspire.