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Be Realistic: Demand the Impossible by Mike Davis

By Mike Davis

With wit, humor and a extraordinary snatch of the political marginalization of the negative and dealing classification through the 1%, Mike Davis, a Macarthur Fellow, Lannan Literary origin Award winner and Isaac Deutscher Award recipient, crafts a amazing safeguard of Occupy Wall road and lays out good thought of subsequent steps to strengthen the stream.

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We know only a single science, the science of history. One can look at history from two sides and divide it into the history of nature and the history of men. The two sides are, however, inseparable; the history of nature and the history of men are dependent on each other so long as men exist. The history of nature, called natural The German Ideology. I. Feuerbach 29 attempted a comprehensive criticism of the Hegelian system, however much each professes to have advanced beyond Hegel. Their polemics against Hegel and against one another are confined to this—each takes one aspect of the Hegelian system and turns this against the whole system as well as against the aspects chosen by the others.

Ed. Feuerbach 13 d) The distinction that Feuerbach makes between Catholicism and Protestantism in §2—Catholicism: "theology" "is concerned with what God is in himself", it has a "tendency towards speculation and contemplation"; Protestantism is merely Christology, it leaves God to himself and speculation and contemplation to philosophy—this distinction is nothing but a division of labour arisen from a need appropriate to immature science. Feuerbach explains Protestantism merely from this need within theology, whereupon an independent history of philosophy naturally follows.

I. Feuerbach 37 retain the semblance of independence. They have no history, no development; but men, developing their material production and their material intercourse, alter, along with this their actual world, also their thinking and the products of their thinking. It is not consciousness that determines life, but life that determines consciousness. For the first manner of approach the starting-point is consciousness taken as the living individual; for the second manner of approach, which conforms to real life, it is the real living individuals themselves, and consciousness is considered solely as their consciousness.

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