Histomat: Adventures in Historical Materialism

'Historical materialism is the theory of the proletarian revolution.' Georg Lukács

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Happy new year

The good people over at the Marxist Internet Archive have produced a neat selection of Communist quotes, no doubt as a happy new year present to Marxists with internet access and a penchant for quotes the world over... I picked a few at random out below...

The slave frees himself when, of all the relations of private property, he abolishes only the relation of slavery and thereby becomes a proletarian; the proletarian can free himself only by abolishing private property in general.
Frederick Engels, The Principles of Communism (1847)

War unleashes – at the same time as the reactionary forces of the capitalist world – the generating forces of social revolution which ferment in its depths.
Rosa Luxemburg, In the Storm(1904)

Everybody talks about imperialism. But imperialism is merely monopoly capitalism.
V I Lenin, The Impending Catastrophe and How to Combat It(1917)

Generally speaking, art is an expression of man’s need for an harmonious and complete life, that is to say, his need for those major benefits of which a society of classes has deprived him. That is why a protest against reality, either conscious or unconscious, active or passive, optimistic or pessimistic, always forms part of a really creative piece of work. Every new tendency in art has begun with rebellion.
Leon Trotsky, Art and Politics in Our Epoch(1938)

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