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Single Idea 5288

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

Full Idea

The class which has the means of material production at its disposal, has control at the same time over the means of mental production.

Gist of Idea

The class controlling material production also controls mental production


K Marx / F Engels (The German Ideology [1846], 1.B)

Book Reference

Marx,K./Engels,F.: 'The German Ideology', ed/tr. Arthur,C.J. [Lawrence and Wishart 1985], p.64

A Reaction

This is mostly true, because the wealthy will control both the media and most of the educational institutions, but in a world of universal education and underground presses it doesn't seem to be a necessary truth. Wide dissemination of ideas needs money.