chapter  Chapter Thirteen
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Marxist Economic Hedonism

ByHenry de Man, Eden, Cedar Paul, Peter J. Steinberger

Many persons regard themselves as Marxists because they recognise that social evolution is dependent on economic evolution, ideological superstructure on material foundation, social consciousness on social existence—to cite no more than three instances of Marxist formulations. Analysing the economic forms of production, the Marxist abstracts from them the laws which are, without more ado, assumed to be for man the laws of volition and of thought. This implies that every economic function will generate in the doer the directives of the will and the mental representations which are needed for the performance of the function. Marxist theoreticians have been fond of declaring that town life, thanks to the herding of proletarians thick upon the ground, is one of the essential pre-requisites to the formation of a socialist mentality among the masses.