Marx’s Negative Humanism in 1861-63.

I think the following is my favorite Marx passage on human nature. In contrast to the more famous ones, this one is entirely negative, and gives an account of humanity’s unique capacity for misery:

“If man is distinguished from all other animals by the boundless extension of which his needs are capable, there is, inversely, no other animal able to contract its needs to the same unbelievable degree, or to restrict itself to the same minimum level of living conditions; in a word, there exists no animal with the same talent for making itself Irish.” MECW 34 p. 342.

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1 Response to Marx’s Negative Humanism in 1861-63.

  1. Robert says:

    Wow. That’s nasty.

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