A thought on Culture as an Integral Part of the Conditions of Existence — written by Norm

Something that explains a lot of which many of us are under a misunderstanding of. (Yes, I’m one of them)

Taking Sides

Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past. The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living.

Karl Marx, 1852

‘The concrete totality as a totality of thought, as a thought concretum, is in fact a product of thought and conception; but in no sense a product of the concept thinking and engendering itself outside or over intuitions or conceptions, but on the contrary, a product of the elaboration of intuitions and conceptions into concepts.’

Karl Marx, 1859.

What is the problem of History?  It is, as Marx puts it, that we do not make our history, be it personal or collective, under circumstances of our choosing.

What are these circumstances?

To describe them and the manner in…

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