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BY J. Sykes | United States | 6/12/22
Much is made of what is often referred to as the urban/rural divide. There is a fundamental disconnect, we are told, between the people from the cities and the rural population. Marx and Engels called this contradiction the division between town and country. Marxism-Leninism can help us understand this contradiction, how it arose historically, and how it can be overcome.
BY J. Sykes | United States | 6/05/22
Since the very origin of class society, when the productive forces developed to the point of producing some surplus beyond bare subsistence, the contradiction between mental and manual labor has been a characteristic of productive relations.
BY J. Sykes | United States | 5/31/22
Now that we’ve nailed down what we mean by forces of production, let’s talk about the other aspect of the mode of production: the relations of production.
BY J. Sykes | United States | 5/22/22
Up to now we have studied dialectical materialism and given a general overview of its application to history, historical materialism. Now let’s look more closely at some of the core concepts that make up Marxism’s materialist conception of history, starting with the forces of production.
BY J. Sykes | United States | 5/15/22
The cornerstone of historical materialism is class struggle as the motor driving historical change. So, what is the role of labor in historical development?
BY J. Sykes | United States | 5/09/22
Now that we have talked about the Marxist theory of knowledge and examined the meaning and function of dialectical materialism, let’s look at how that is applied to studying the historical development of society.
BY J. Sykes | United States | 5/01/22
In our study of the three laws of dialectics presented by Engels, we’ve examined the law of contradiction and the law of the transformation of quantity into quality. Finally, Engels says that the third law of dialectics is the “law of the negation of the negation.”
BY J. Sykes | United States | 4/24/22
Now that we’ve gone into some detail on contradiction, let’s look at the question of the transformation of quantity into quality.
BY J. Sykes | Minneapolis | 4/17/22
In our last article we looked at some of the core concepts of dialectical materialism. We broke down the meaning of contradiction, and we looked at how contradictions develop unevenly in complex processes, into principal and secondary contradictions. We also looked at how any given contradiction has its own principal and secondary aspects, with the principal aspect playing the dominant role. Now let's look more closely at identity in contradiction and the role of antagonism in resolving contradictions of different types.
BY J. Sykes | United States | 4/10/22
Friedrich Engels lists three laws of dialectics, but, as we shall see, the most important is the law of contradiction, which he calls the law of the interpenetration of opposites.
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