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Single Idea 5306

[catalogued under 25. Social Practice / A. Freedoms / 5. Freedom of lifestyle]

Full Idea

In a communist society we shall have an association, in which the free development of each is the condition for the free development of all.

Gist of Idea

The free development of each should be the condition for the free development of all


K Marx / F Engels (The Communist Manifesto [1848], 2)

Book Reference

Marx,K./Engels,F.: 'The Communist Manifesto', ed/tr. Taylor,A.J.P. [Penguin 1973], p.105

A Reaction

This ringing slogan is remarkably close to John Stuart Mill's defence of liberalism, where liberty is an absolute, as long as it avoids the liberty of others. Personally I think freedom is marginal in political philosophy, like food and shelter.