Re: Re:Marx on Making History: Impulse and Inertia

J. R. Molloy (
Tue, 19 Oct 1999 08:56:31 -0700

> >"People make their own history, but they do not make it just as they
> >please; they do not make it under circumstances chosen by themselves,
> >but under circumstances directly encountered, given and transmitted
> >from the past. The tradition of all the dead generations weighs like a
> >nightmare on the brain of the living." -- Karl Marx

>"If Karl, instead of writing alot about capital, had made alot
>of it, it would have been much better." --Karl Marx's Mother

So, the tradition of the Jewish mother weighed like a nightmare on Marx (according to him), and perhaps that explains some of his war against spontaneously emergent capitalism: Marxism derives from rebellion against Momism. Tsk, tsk.