Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Materialist Conception of History

The purpose of this pamphlet is to show that the capitalist social system is a dynamic and not a static organization, having developed out of previous social systems. The historical role of capitalism was progressive insofar that the means of production, hitherto small and fragmentary in character, were welded into the gigantic productive organizations which we know today. The social powers of production are not under the control of society and the relations of production do not serve the interests of the producers, the working class. The social classes have been reduced to two, a propertyless working class forming the vast majority, and a property owning capitalist class, the minority. The relations of production are antisocial because the object behind production is not the satisfaction of social need but the amassing of profit and the accumulation of capital.

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