ERIC Number: ED273528
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Karl Marx as a Social Scientist and Utopian Dreamer.
Stevenson, James A.
The central paradox of Karl Marx's work is his belief that the vision of mankind leaving inequality and scarcity behind is attainable. The idea that human alienation, inequality, and need could be rendered obsolete by a future communist society of abundance is a significant failing in Marx's thought. It is at the same time the critical element in the moral impulse which animates many Marxists and revolutionary egalitarians. This vision gives Marxism its idealistic strengths; a goal worth attaining, worth the struggle, worth the sacrifice, and worth the blood. Marx examined the nature of capitalism with painstaking care, then took what philosopher Peter Clecak called a "quantum leap out of history." He left history when he defined his goal to be a communist utopia. In reality, this goal is beyond the reach of science and human activity due to economic scarcity. The fundamental reason that no nation has attained communism is because a true communist system requires an abundance of resources, but the resources of every society and the earth as a whole remain limited. (BZ)
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