Insurrection and Commonwealth
Chapter 11. The Commonwealth Counter-Offensive
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“Material force can only be overthrown by material force; but theory itself becomes a material force when it is seized by the masses. Theory is capable of seizing the masses when it demonstrates ad hominem, and it demonstrates ad hominem as soon as it becomes radical. To be radical is to grasp things by the root. But for man the root is man himself.… The criticism of religion ends with…the categorical imperative to overthrow all those conditions in which man is an abased, enslaved, abandoned, contemptible being.… Theory is only realized in a people so far as it fulfills the needs of the people”.
—Karl Marx, Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Law
“We would therefore suggest that Gemeinwesen [commonwealth] be universally substituted for state; it is a good old German word that can very well do service for the French ‘Commune.’
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