An Introduction to the Logic of Marxism by George Novack

By George Novack

Marxism is dialectical, Novack explains. It considers all phenomena of their improvement, of their transition from one nation to a different. And it's materialist, explaining the area as subject in movement that exists sooner than and independently of human attention.

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2 He ended: •Let us confidently envisage a happy future, for it rests in the hands of a benevolent father, an equitable king. His noble heart will always afford a favourable reception to the justifiable and reasonable wishes of his people. '3 Several revolutionary songs were then sung and a police report informed the Government that Heinrich Marx had joined in the singing. The banquet caused anger in govern1 At the registration of his children's baptism in 1824, Heinrich Marx described the clergyman who had baptised him, Pastor Muhlendorf, as merely a 'district preacher'.

MEGA 1 i (2) 186. 34 Marx before Marxism artisans. Karl is said to have been feared by his fellow p\}pils 'for the ease with which he composed satirical verses and lampoons against his enemies'. 2 Marx made no lasting friendships among his fellow pupils, though among them was his future brother-in-law, Edgar von Westphalen, whom Edgar's sister Jenny described as 'the idol of my childhood and youth'. He later proved an unstable character with vaguely communist ideas and emigrated twice to Texas, though Marx always retained · an affection for him.

L Baron von Westphalen was an extremely cultivated man, spoke English as well as he spoke German, read Latin and Greek without any difficulty and particularly liked romantic poetry. Eleanor Marx wrote that Baron von Westphalen 'filled Karl Marx with enthusiasm for the romantic school and, while his father read Voltaire and Racine with him, the Baron read him Homer and Shakespeare, who remained his favourite authors all his life'. 2 The Baron devoted much of his time to the young Marx, and the two went for intellectual walks through the •wonderfully picturesque hills and-woods' of the neighbourhood.

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