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By Karl Korsch, Michael Buckmiller

The republication of Karl Korsch's "Karl Marx" (1938) makes on hand to a brand new new release of readers the main concise account of Karl Marx's inspiration by means of one of many significant figures of twentieth-century Western Marxism. initially written for ebook in a chain on 'Modern Sociologists', Korsch's publication sought to convey Marx's paintings to lifestyles for an viewers of non-specialist readers. As Michael Buckmiller writes in his new creation to the paintings, Korsch sought after his publication to function a passport into the non-dogmatic sections of the yank labour stream. the result's a bracing, concise, and available assessment of the whole thing of Marx's proposal, and a stinky background of 'Marxism' itself.

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To the extent that it assumes control over social production, the technique and social organization of the labour process are revolutionized and with them the economic and historical type of society. 35 33 See Marx 1932, p. 32. ; see also Marx 1932, II, p. 13. 35 See Marx 1885, p. 29. CHAPTER 3 The Principle of Historical Specification (continued) The principle of historical specification, besides its theoretical significance as an improved method of sociological analysis and research, becomes of paramount importance as a polemical weapon in the practical struggle waged against the existing conditions of society.

5 See Engels’s letter to Friedrich Albert Lange, 11 March 1865 (Engels 1927–30e), and Marx’s letter to Ludwig Kugelmann, 27 June 1870 (Marx 1927–30d); see also the author’s critical examination of the work of Karl Kautsky (Korsch 1929, pp. 40 et seq). 5. The Principle Of Criticism 37 final; regarding them as a natural and rational society at last attained and now in its main features unchangeable or, what practically amounts to the same thing, as being capable of unlimited perfection. 6 Thus bourgeois theorists have dealt with all earlier forms of society as barbaric preliminary stages leading up to their own, ultimately established civil society.

13 See Marx 1932, p. 109, and, for a more detailed analysis of the various forms which capital assumes in its different stages, Marx 1894, p. i. 2. The Principle Of Historical Specification 15 exploitation and wage-slavery – can in no way be discovered through an analysis of the functions performed by those ‘accessory’ forms of capital in the process of circulation, or of the revenues which accrue to the capitalists concerned, in consideration of the ‘services’ performed in that sphere. ‘One will therefore understand’, says Marx, ‘why in our analysis of the basic form of capital, of the form in which it determines the economic organization of modern society, its popular, and, as it were, antediluvian forms, “trading capital” and “usurers’ capital”, for the present (viz.

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