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By Roddy Slorach

Slorach exhibits how capitalism created incapacity by way of turning our minds and our bodies into commodities to be priced and traded. those that don't healthy are excluded and pointed out as an issue.

This publication examines the origins and improvement of incapacity, incapacity pursuits in numerous elements of the realm and the hidden background of teams similar to disabled conflict veterans, deaf humans and people in psychological misery.

It argues that Marxism is helping supply an realizing of the politics and nature of incapacity and gives a imaginative and prescient of a higher international for all.

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We are thus left with the impres­ sion that when the Greeks changed their theory of the heavenly bodies the heavenly bodies themselves changed. But this, of course, outrageous as it may seem, is precisely what the Idealist denial of independence tends to suggest. 2 The above, necessarily brief, outline of Marx’s dissertation emphasises his philosophical position rather than the mere anti-religious sentiment which it helped to support and which was strongly expressed in Marx’s ‘Promethean* preface, where those who rebel against the Gods were treated as the true heroes of philosophy.

The tremen­ dous strides made by Soviet technology are seen by some, at least, as vivid proof of the fact that socialist production is more ‘rational’ and therefore bound to triumph in economic competition. But by and large, despite the prevision and suggestiveness of many of his insights, the leading themes in Marx’s analysis of capitalism have become irrelevant to the economic problems and economic conflicts of our time. Even thirty years ago, a serious book on Marx would have largely 9 prelim in aries : MARX, m a r x i s m and ethics consisted of a detailed examination and criticism of the central Marxist dogmas outlined above.

Since contradiction is held to be the necessary basis of historical change, the truly harmonious is also the stable, the ultimately durable. It represents the truly real as against the ‘mere’ dependently existing thing which, by its dependence, is not itself. 1 To exhibit dependence (determina­ tion from without), division, instability, and ‘self-contradiction’ is to fall short, to be evil in a sense that sees evil merely as a negative appear­ ance, a one-sidedness, rather than as a positive quality.

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