Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Is Marx a classic?

"Marx, The Communist Manifesto", from Classics Revisited (1968), by Kenneth Rexroth, at Bureau of Public Secrets.

"The Manifesto is relevant because it is a symbolic criticism of values. Its appeal is of the same nature as that of a poem or play. It is a dramatic objectification of conflicts and dilemmas and denouements that are interior.

"The irreducible structure of the Marxist myth is self-evidently that: a myth, a final eschatology — the Fire of Revolution, the Judgment of Proletarian Dictatorship and Terror, the Second Coming, when the Golden Age of primitive communism will return unimaginably glorified in a new kingdom of brotherly love and divinization of man."
See Marx, Capital, and Marx and Engels, Manifesto of the Communist Party, Great Books of the Western World (first edition, 52 Vol., 1952) volume 50, (second edition, 60 Vol., 1990) volume 50.

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