Saturday, 1 December 2012

When Marxism becomes a dogmatic abstraction rather than a critical praxis

Marxist theory… can become a false consciousness if, instead of being used for the methodical investigation of reality through theory and practice, it is misused as a defence against that very reality… Those who wish to deprive Marxism of its critical, subversive power and turn it into an affirmative doctrine, generally dig in behind a series of stereotyped statements which, in their abstraction, are as irrefutable as devoid of result.
-E.P. Thompson, The Poverty of Theory & Other Essays (1978)