By William Manchester
MacArthur, the general public determine, the non-public guy, the soldier-hero whose secret and attraction created a uniquely American legend, portrayed in a super biography that may problem the adored myths of admirers and critics alike.
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For a young man who had just set out to devastate philosophical speculation, these were highly speculative thoughts. 88 When dealing with the future, Marx’s conceptions always remained vague and philosophically undefined. 89 Basically, these were surprisingly simple answers to extremely complicated questions. But the questions had been raised, and they had something to do with the new problems and contradictions of a rising industrial society. As early as 1831, the French socialist Pierre Leroux wrote in the Revue encyclopédique: “For forty years, one state form follows the next and one after the other collapses similarly into an abyss.
Let us allow Marx himself to speak in a few longer passages. “The premises from which we begin are not arbitrary ones, not dogmas, but real premises from which abstraction can only be made in the imagination,” states a manuscript on German ideology written with Friedrich Engels in 1845/46: “They are the real individuals, their activity and the material conditions of their life, both those which they find already existing and those produced by their activity. ” And again: The fact is, therefore, that definite individuals who are productively active in a definite way enter into these definite social and political relations.
His later book on the condition of the working classes in England—in large part an impressive achievement of early empirical sociological research—revealed these chiliastic traits in its discussion of the consequences of industrialization for the immediate future. During this first visit to England, Engels began to write for Robert Owen’s communist New Moral Order and the Northern Star of the radical Chartist George Julian Harney. Initially he was completely under the influence of Proudhon, whom Engels called the “most important writer”148 among the French socialists because he considered property the crux of the explanation of the modern world’s contradictions.