Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Ode to Billy Childish

Weekly Bulletin of The Socialist Party of Great Britain (24)

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the 24th of our weekly bulletins to keep you informed of changes at Socialist Party of Great Britain @ MySpace.

We now have 1033 friends!

Recent blogs:

  • Reformism or Socialism?
  • Saving Earth or saving Profits
  • The BNP: a product of reformism's failure
  • This week's top quote:

    "Nature builds no machines, no locomotives, railways, electric telegraphs, self-acting mules etc. These are products of human industry; natural material transformed into organs of the human will over nature, or of human participation in nature. They are organs of the human brain, created by the human hand; the power of knowledge, objectified. The development of fixed capital indicates to what degree general social knowledge has become a direct force of production, and to what degree, hence, the conditions of the process of social life itself have come under the control of the general intellect and been transformed in accordance with it." Karl Marx, The Grundrisse, 1857

    Continuing luck with your MySpace adventures!

    Robert and Piers

    Socialist Party of Great Britain

    2 comments:

    Will said...

    "Nature builds no machines, no locomotives, railways, electric telegraphs, self-acting mules etc. These are products of human industry; natural material transformed into organs of the human will over nature, or of human participation in nature. They are organs of the human brain, created by the human hand; the power of knowledge, objectified. The development of fixed capital indicates to what degree general social knowledge has become a direct force of production, and to what degree, hence, the conditions of the process of social life itself have come under the control of the general intellect and been transformed in accordance with it." Karl Marx, The Grundrisse, 1857

    That is most certainly a top quote.

    I love The Grundrisse me I do.

    Only immanent contradictions
    are something one can do anything about. Individuals will not automatically be dragged along. A change in direction, rather than a change in consciousness -- this is the requirement. Real living individuals. Real people living real lives.

    Marx was reacting against something very specific -- not against envisioning human possibilities but against constructing arbitrary schemes in denial of the real, actual world and the living possibilities for getting from point A to B. The highest expression of philosophy as philosophy. Top man he was. Quality stuff!

    Darren said...

    A quote so fine, I had to cut and paste it twice. See above.