Sometimes, before you leave the house for a day where the bullshit you wade through is measured in meters, it is necessary to fortify oneself with a little Marx. This is no more true than when the mire in which you slog is housed in a University. A last gulp of coffee then and a morsel of Mohr as I’m out the door.
‘The weapon of criticism cannot, of course, replace criticism of the weapon, material force must be overthrown by material force; but theory also becomes a material force as soon as it has gripped the masses. Theory is capable of gripping the masses as soon as it demonstrates ad hominem, and it demonstrates ad hominem as soon as it becomes radical. To be radical is to grasp the root of the matter. But, for man, the root is man himself.’
Karl Marx, Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right. Introduction (1843)
‘The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas, i.e. the class which is the ruling material force of society, is at the same time its ruling intellectual force. The class which has the means of material production at its disposal, has control at the same time over the means of mental production, so that thereby, generally speaking, the ideas of those who lack the means of mental production are subject to it. The ruling ideas are nothing more than the ideal expression of the dominant material relationships, the dominant material relationships grasped as ideas.’
Karl Marx, German Ideology (1845)