Engaging the Global Class War
In his 1872 preface to the French edition of Capital, Marx famously relates to a French translator that there is “no royal road to science, and only those who do not dread the fatiguing climb of its steep paths have a chance of gaining its luminous summits.”1 The context of the quote is an apology of sorts. Marx laments the difficulty of moving through some of the early chapters. Particularly regrettable, in his view, since this translation was being brought out in a serial form that “will be more accessible to the working class, a consideration which to me outweighs everything else.”2
Marx’s note strikes with particular relevance as one works their way through Curry Malott’s History and Education. Not so much the content of the quote but its context. Marx was writing in the midst of a period of great struggle. In the wake of the Commune, emigres streamed into London from abroad.
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