Of Materialism and Hopefulness

  “Materialism is too down-to-earth to be gulled by hand-on-heart rhetoric, but too hopeful that things could improve to be cynical.” - Terence Francis Eagleton, Why Marx Was Right, 2011  

Of "Prehistory"

  “If all that has happened so far is ‘prehistory,’ then it is rather more predictable than what Karl Marx would regard as history proper.  If we slice through past history at any point and inspect a cross-section of it, we know before we have even...

Of the Nazis

  “The Nazis ruled in the interests of high capitalism, but did so through an ideology which was distinctively lower-middle class in outlook.  They could thus fulminate against upper-class parasites and the idle rich in ways which could be mistaken...

Of Bonaparte

  “Karl Marx argued that Louis Bonaparte ruled France in the interests of finance capitalism while presenting himself as a representative of the smallholding peasantry.” - Terence Francis Eagleton, Why Marx Was Right, 2011  

Of the State

  “For Karl Marx, there is still a state under socialism; only beyond socialism, under communism, will the coercive state give way to an administrative body.” - Terry Eagleton, Why Marx Was Right, 2011

Of the Proletariat

  “The original proletariat was not the blue-collar male working class.  It was lower-class women in ancient society.  The word ‘proletariat’ comes to us from the Latin word for ‘offspring,’ meaning those who were too poor to serve the state with...

Of Material and Mental Production

  “Karl Marx thought that those who controlled material production tended to control mental production as well.” - Terence Francis Eagleton, Why Marx Was Right, 2011  

Of Structure and Superstructure

  “By the ‘economic structure’ or ‘base,’ Karl Marx means the forces and relations of production; by the superstructure, he means institutions like the state, law, politics, religion and culture.” - Terence Francis “Terry” Eagleton, Why Marx Was...

Of Socialism

  “Socialist claims concerning the transformation of human nature and the prospect of attaining socialist ideals are realistic.” --Tom Campbell, The Left and Rights: A Conceptual Analysis of the Idea of Socialist Rights, 1983  

Of Co-Operative Rules

  “In the case of co-operative rules it is often detrimental to the united purposes of those involved in a joint activity that a participant should, perhaps through a desire to do more than his share and thus go beyond merely doing his duty, use...

Of the Capitalist and Capital

  “In the capitalist society, labor sacrifices the worker to the material wealth of the nonworker.  But the real god is the capitalist system, for the nonworker is also its victim.  Private property is as much an alienation of his life as it is of...

Of the Modern Nation-State and Civil Society

  “With remarkable insight, Karl Marx has seen the weakness of the modern State as it is described and absolutized in G.W.F. Hegel’s system.  Since the rise of the national State, there has been a split between political and real life.  The French...

Of the Modern State and Ethical Society

  “Karl Marx has not abandoned the Neoclassical concept of society as ethical ideal.  He has stripped the ethical glamour from the modern State, but only to restore it to society.  He does not question Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel’s assertion that...

Of Class Struggle and the Modern Bourgeois State

The class struggle reveals that the modern political state is alienated from society, that the modern capitalist state is a legal instrument by which one particular class (the capitalist class) subjects all of society to its own interests.

Of Karl Marx's Ideas

“Up to and including the Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts, Karl Marx had always discussed social problems in terms of man; in The German Ideology and his later works, he mentions only productive forces.  In the Manuscripts, ideas seemed to be the...

Of Democratic Revolution

Until the workers, the majority, knows how to act on their own behalf, a democratic revolution will not happen.

Of Quantum Gravity and Cosmic Inflation

  “Quantum gravity might create an inflating universe directly from nothing.” - Lawrence Maxwell Krauss, A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing, 2012  

Of Matter and Antimatter

"An early example in cosmology of the fact that ‘nothing’ can be unstable and form something comes from efforts to understand why we live in a universe of matter.   “You probably don’t wake up each morning wondering about this, but the fact that...

Of General Relativity

  “General relativity strains the meaning of ‘empty’ to a breaking point.” -James Owen Weatherall, Void: The Strange Physics of Nothing, 2016  

Of Black Holes

  “A black hole is a purely geometrical phenomenon, possible even in a universe where there was never any matter.” -James Owen Weatherall, Void: The Strange Physics of Nothing, 2016  

Of the "Reregulation" of the Financial Sector

  “What has frequently been described as the ‘deregulation’ of the financial sector in the United States should actually be understood as ‘reregulation.’  In place of an older set of rules that were designed to protect the public from fraud and...