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Political EpistemicsThe Secret Police, the Opposition, and the End of East German Socialism$
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Andreas Glaeser

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226297934

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226297958.001.0001

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From Marx to Conscious Social Transformation

From Marx to Conscious Social Transformation

(p.65) 1 From Marx to Conscious Social Transformation
Political Epistemics

Andreas Glaeser

University of Chicago Press

Socialism is very sensitive to ideological disturbances. The bracket that keeps the whole thing together is ideology, and if this bracket is weakened the whole system falls apart. To get a better sense about divergences and congruencies between Marx's theory and Eastern European socialist practice, this chapter recapitulates briefly what Marx had to say about the relationship between understandings and other kinds of institutions. Marx aims to show throughout his work how scientific theoretical-historical analysis can provide a road map for the actions of the labor movement. Marx tries to provide ananalytics that helps the labor movement to decide which battles to fight and which ones to avoid in any concrete moment—including the determination of the right moment for revolutionary action. Marxist thinkers continued to develop further the idea that sound theory must inform the struggle of the labor movement. The relationship between theory and revolutionary practice in the form of poignant analysis of the present and their consequences for the revolutionary struggle was what writing in the tradition of Marx was centrally concerned with.

Keywords:   socialism, revolutionary practice, Marx's theory, labor movement, ideological disturbances

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