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By J. Marangos

As a suite of different perspectives on societies, methodologies, guidelines and evaluation of the present parts of the society, substitute views on a superb Society brings jointly various authors answering diverse questions all in the context of visions of a very good society.

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Methodologically, their individuality, whose development is being blocked, can only be understood in terms of the class that they are part of. The general relation of individual-collective in this concrete case is very much a relation between the worker and the working class. It is in this deeper sense that the entire struggle for breaking the dominant barriers to human development at a given time, which is the motor for all social transformation as this chapter has discussed in the setting of capitalism, is necessarily a class struggle.

The aforementioned discussion on humanity’s inherent social nature (Marx 1989[1875], 85). 2. Democratic decision making (Marx 1975[1843], 30–31; Marx and Engels 1984[1848], 504). 3. Common ownership of the means of production (Marx 1996[1867], 89; Marx 1989[1875], 85). 4. Only the means of consumption can be individually owned (Marx 1989[1875], 86). 5. Three ways to say the same thing: (i) No production of value (Marx 1989[1875], 85). (ii) Individual labor no longer exists in an indirect fashion (Marx 1989[1875], 85).

For example, if one’s goal is to have a minority of society both live better materially and exercise economic and political domination over the majority, then a capitalist political economy would be better than the socialist and communist societies (partially) envisioned by Marx and Engels. Marx and Engels’s vision of a better society has a single central goal, which can be, and often has been, expressed in many different ways. ” The following description reflects this latter usage, and we see here also, as indicated above, their stress on the development of all (social) individuals and how they saw that as requiring collective control of (which in turn requires consciousness of) their collective productivity.

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