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Mit der erfolgreichen Revolte des Dritten Standes schien es, als würde die Menschheit endlich ihren „natürlichen“ Zustand der Aufklärung erreichen, sowohl hinsichtlich der natürlichen Umwelt wie auch der Beziehungen der Menschen untereinander. Scheinbar unbegrenzte Möglichkeiten eröffneten sich, und das dunkle Zeitalter war endlich für beendet erklärt. Im Zuge der Industriellen Revolution des späten 18. und frühen 19. Jahrhunderts entwickelte sich jedoch ein neuer „Widerspruch“ in der bürgerlichen Gesellschaft: der des Werts des Kapitals gegenüber dem Wert der Arbeitskraft. Mit diesem Widerspruch trat auch ein neuer sozialer und politischer Konflikt zutage: der „Klassenkampf“ der Arbeiter für den Wert ihrer Löhne gegen das unbedingte Gebot der Kapitalisten, den Wert des Kapitals zu bewahren und zu vergrößern.

On November 4th, 2012, Platypus member Chris Cutrone gave a talk on the Marxist notion of class consciousness at the Ramón Miranda Beltrán exhibition, "Chicago is My Kind of Town," at the gallery Julius in Chicago.

Transcripted in Platypus Review #51 (Click banner below to see):

FOR MARXISTS, the division of modern socioeconomic classes is not the cause of the problem of capitalism but rather its effect.
I want to speak about the meaning of history for any purportedly Marxian Left. We in Platypus focus on the history of the Left because we think that the narrative one tells about this history is in fact one’s theory of the present. Implicitly or explicitly, in one’s conception of the history of the Left, is an account of how the present came to be. By focusing on the history of the Left, or, by adopting a Left-centric view of history, we hypothesize that the most important determinations of the present are the result of what th
Hungarian literary critic and political theorist Georg Lukács is generally recognized, along with thinkers such as Antonio Gramsci and Rosa Luxemburg, as one of the most influential intellectual figures of twentieth century Marxism. And while Lukács’ reading of Marx is possibly the most sophisticated and intellectually rigorous to be found in the century and a half long trajectory of historical materialism, his legacy suffers from the “misfortune” that, unlike Gramsci and Luxemburg, he survived what is known as the heroic period of Third International Marxism: the late teens and early twenties.