The Object of Labor

Commodification in Socialist Hungary

Author: Martha Lampland

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 394

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Did socialist policies leave the economies of Eastern Europe unprepared for current privatization efforts? Under communist rule, were rural villages truly left untouched by capitalism? In this historical ethnography of rural Hungary, Martha Lampland argues not only that the transition to capitalism was well under way by the 1930s, but that socialist policies themselves played a crucial role in the development of capitalism by transforming conceptions of time, money, and labor. Exploring the effects of social change thrust upon communities against their will, Lampland examines the history of agrarian labor in Hungary from World War I to the early 1980s. She shows that rural workers had long been subject to strict state policies similar to those imposed by collectivization. Since the values of privatization and individualism associated with capitalism characterized rural Hungarian life both prior to and throughout the socialist period, capitalist ideologies of work and morality survived unscathed in the private economic practices of rural society. Lampland also shows how labor practices under socialism prepared the workforce for capitalism. By drawing villagers into factories and collective farms, for example, the socialist state forced farmers to work within tightly controlled time limits and to calculate their efforts in monetary terms. Indeed, this control and commodification of rural labor under socialism was essential to the transformation to capitalism.

How to Build a Better World for Our Generation

Author: Habtemariam Micael

Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing


Category: Social Science

Page: 252

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Teach about what matters. Our job is to excite students and adult learners about the world, to help them see the role that they can play in making society more equal and more just, to express their ideas powerfully, to see that social and historical materialism studies is about real people’s lives and about their relationship to each other and to nature to be enlightened. No matter how long the night, the day is sure to come. Transformation is only valid if it is carried out with the people, not for them…Liberation is like a childbirth, and a painful one. The person who emerges is a new person, no longer oppressor or oppressed, but a person in the process of achieving freedom… is only the oppressed who, by freeing themselves, can free their oppressors. The age of nations is past. The task before us now. If we would not perish, it is to shake off our ancient prejudices and to build the earth. You can be the most beautiful person in the world and everybody sees light and rainbows when they look at you. But if you yourself don’t know it, all of that doesn’t even matter. To achieve a new and better order of society, the oppressed working class need not allow their oppressors to represent them in parliament. To decide which member of the ruling class is to repress and crush the people through parliament is the real essence of to realize the dictatorship character in the parliament. Dictatorship is a rule based directly upon force and unrestricted by any laws. The role of the oppressed societies need to be organized for the necessity of revolution to defeat dictatorship’s ideology as it can never be solved by reformation according the revolutionary theory. What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality. Most people are not achieving their dreams because they are living in their fears. Achievement is the product of conscious decisions and action that can challenge the tragedy of life. Action, clarity. dare create the achievement of the required goal.

Biographical Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Philosophers

Author: Stuart Brown

Publisher: Routledge


Category: Philosophy

Page: 968

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This Biographical Dictionary provides detailed accounts of the lives, works, influence and reception of thinkers from all the major philosophical schools and traditions of the twentieth-century. This unique volume covers the lives and careers of thinkers from all areas of philosophy - from analytic philosophy to Zen and from formal logic to aesthetics. All the major figures of philosophy, such as Nietzsche, Wittgenstein and Russell are examined and analysed. The scope of the work is not merely restricted to the major figures in western philosophy but also covers in depth a significant number of thinkers from the near and far east and from the non-European Hispanic-language communities. The Biographical Dictionary also includes a number of general entries dealing with important schools of philosophy, such as the Vienna Circle, or currents of thought, such as vitalism. These allow the reader to set the individual biographies in the context of the philosophical history of the period. With entries written by over 100 leading philosophy scholars, the Biographical Dictionary is the most comprehensive survey of twentieth-century thinkers to date. Structure The book is structured alphabetically by philosopher. Each entry is identically structured for ease of access and covers: * nationality * dates and places of birth and death * philosophical style or school * areas of interest * higher education * significant influences * main appointments * main publications * secondary literature * account of intellectual development and main ideas * critical reception and impact At the end of the book a glossary gives accounts of the schools, movements and traditions to which these philosophers belonged, and thorough indexes enable the reader to access the information in several ways: * by nationality * by major areas of contribution to philosophy e.g. aesthetics * by major influences on the thinker concerned e.g. Plato, Kant, Wittgenstein

Chinese Dialectics

From Yijing to Marxism

Author: Chenshan Tian

Publisher: Lexington Books


Category: History

Page: 237

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The history of Chinese Marxist thought is intimately intertwined with ancient autochthonous philosophical texts. In Chinese Dialectics the complete intellectual history of Chinese Marxism is laid bare.

A History of Contemporary Italy

Society and Politics, 1943-1988

Author: Paul Ginsborg

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan


Category: History

Page: 592

View: 357

From a war-torn and poverty-stricken country, regional and predominantly agrarian, to the success story of recent years, Italy has witnessed the most profound transformation--economic, social and demographic--in its entire history. Yet the other recurrent theme of the period has been the overwhelming need for political reform--and the repeated failure to achieve it. Professor Ginsborg's authoritative work--the first to combine social and political perspectives--is concerned with both the tremendous achievements of contemporary Italy and "the continuities of its history that have not been easily set aside."

Activity in Marx’s Philosophy

Author: Norman D. Livergood

Publisher: Springer


Category: Philosophy

Page: 109

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This essay attempts to demonstrate the significance of the principle of activity in the philosophy of Karl Marx. The principle of activity in Marx has both a general and a specific meaning. In general the princi ple refers to the activist element in Marxian practice motivating both Marx and his contemporary devotees. The specific facet of the principle relates to Marx's philosophy - the principle of activity being that con cept which underlies the entire system. Activity for Marx is both a philosophic concept and an element of human experience demanded by his system. Marx, that is, not only theorizes about activity but also illustrates his theory in hislife. Hence, we find the principle of activity both in his writings and in his doings. the words Action, Tiitigkeit, or Praxis to refer to Marx most often used the principle of activity. No major philosopher has fully dealt with the concept of action. We sometimes suppose that action only occurs when we can observe some outward result or motion. Spinoza's definition of action disallows this narrow interpretation of activity. I say that we act when anything is done, either within us or without us, of which we are the adequate cause, that is to say ... when from our nature anything follows, either within us or without, which by that nature alone can be clearly and 1 distinctly understood.