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Thou shalt not steal. Does this injunction thereby become an eternal moral injunction?

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In a society in which all motives for stealing have been done away with, in which therefore at the very most only lunatics would ever steal, how the preacher of morals would be laughed at who tried solemnly to proclaim the eternal truth: Thou shalt not steal! We therefore reject every attempt to impose on us any moral dogma whatsoever as an eternal, ultimate and for ever immutable ethical law on the pretext that the moral world, too, has its permanent principles which stand above history and the differences between nations.

We maintain on the contrary that all moral theories have been hitherto the product, in the last analysis, of the economic conditions of society obtaining at the time. And as society has hitherto moved in class antagonisms, morality has always been class morality; it has either justified the domination and the interests of the ruling class, or ever since the oppressed class became powerful enough, it has represented its indignation against this domination and the future interests of the oppressed.

That in this process there has on the whole been progress in morality, as in all other branches of human knowledge, no one will doubt. But we have not yet passed beyond class morality. Thus to the Roman pope Freemasons and Darwinists, Marxists and anarchists are twins because all of them sacrilegiously deny the immaculate conception. To Hitler, liberalism and Marxism are twins because they ignore "blood and honor".

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To a democrat, fascism and Bolshevism are twins because they do not bow before universal suffrage. Trotsky, Their Morals and Ours. Among idealists morality can be an absolute truth. There exists one "right", one path, one "good".

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This is in direct opposition to dialectics which understands that in the real world all things are constantly changing. History shows clearly how much morality has changed over the past millennium! How many moral "truths" have been disbanded, how many absolute, sacred beliefs and practices have been disregarded as myth and folklore?

How many times have religions been "revised"? Morality changes, and we can understand and record its changes through a materialist conception of history. On the other hand, it is sometimes asserted that morality is completely relativistic — which is to say it is based completely within the individual themselves.

This fails to take into account the environment in which individuals live and the role of the environment in shaping the consciousness of individuals. While morality is a personal question, no person's considerations are limited solely within themselves — people take into account their jobs, their family, their lifestyle, etc.

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A person's considerations are made by relating themselves to their environment, and cognitively deciding what place they occupy in that environment. The society in which a person lives is based on a certain economic organization, and that influence is the underlining factor in the moral choices of an individual. Motion is the mode of existence of matter. Never anywhere has there been matter without motion, or motion without matter, nor can there be. Motion arises from the internal contradictory nature of things, and not just the external action of things one upon another.

Change of form of motion is always a process that takes place between at least two bodies, of which one loses a definite quantity of motion of one quality e. All motion consists in the interplay of attraction and repulsion. Motion, however, is only possible when each individual attraction is compensated by a corresponding repulsion somewhere else. Basic Forms of Motion ]. Fredrick Engels Dialectics of Nature. Motion is the unity of time and space , Hegel's comment on Zeno's paradox in the Doctrine of Being. Index of the Letter M Encyclopedia of Marxism. Mode of Production The method of producing the necessities of life whether for health, food, housing or needs such as education, science, nurturing, etc.

Modifications of Being Hegel uses this rather unusual expression for the various 'stages of the Idea' or 'divisions of Logic' to emphasise that they are all being, they all repeatedly both 'show themselves to be an other', or 'turn out to be Mondism Named after the industrialist Alfred Mond, was a system first mooted in Britain during the late s whereby trade unions would attempt to maintain working-class living standards and assist industrial efficiency by cooperating with employers.

Monetarism Monetarism is the economic doctrine established by Milton Friedman , that the money supply, the total amount of money circulating in an economy, whether as currency or bank balances, is the chief controller of the level of economic activity.

Money Money is the commodity whose sole use is for storing value and acting as a means of payment. You already recently rated this item. Your rating has been recorded. Write a review Rate this item: Preview this item Preview this item. Marxist approaches to economic anthropology Author: Cass ; [Totowa, N. English View all editions and formats Summary: It is intended to provide the English-speaking reader with an introduction to the important and exciting discussion that has been developing over the last 15 or so years in France, which raises fundamental questions about the way in which a truly scientific study of society should be conducted, and which goes some considerable way towards answering those questions.

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