By George Novack
Marxism is dialectical, Novack explains. It considers all phenomena of their improvement, of their transition from one kingdom to a different. And it really is materialist, explaining the area as subject in movement that exists ahead of and independently of human recognition.
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Nations suffering from misery grasp enthusiastically at any political or religious dream which offers them a glimpse of well4 Voltaire, Discours en vers sur / 'Homme. Sixieme discours: 'Sur la nature de l'homme', I. 10. 5 See Abbe Barthelemy, Voyage du jeune Anacharsis en Grece ( 1 788). . 19 The Theory of the Fou r Movements being; they are like somebody who is desperately ill relying upon a miracle cure. It is as if nature were whispering in the ear of human kind that there is happiness reserved for it, although the way to it is still unknown, and that a marvellous discovery will suddenly be made that will dispel the darkness of Civilisation.
Where are they positioned? Where should we look for them? What size are they, and what are they for? Faced with twenty pages of similar questions our scholars wiJJ have nothing to say; they thus have no idea about distributive questions, and are ignorant of the greater part of the laws of sidereal motion which they flatter themselves they have explained. Whereas I who, since my discoveries in 1 8 1 4, have pertinent answers to all these questions, have surely completed the task that the Newtonians began and left unfinished.
It is as if nature were whispering in the ear of human kind that there is happiness reserved for it, although the way to it is still unknown, and that a marvellous discovery will suddenly be made that will dispel the darkness of Civilisation. For all its vaunted progress, reason has contributed nothing to happiness as long as it has not procured social man the fortune which is the object of all his wishes; by social fortune I mean a progressive degree of wealth which protects the least well-off from need and ensures them, as a minimum, the fate we currently call a bourgeois competence.
An Introduction to the Logic of Marxism by George Novack