Katy Fu
what does "all-consuming social passivity" mean? "Marx would ask first and foremost how to overcome this all-consuming social passivity" what does "all-consuming social passivity" mean in the sentence?
Dec 11, 2016 1:42 AM
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As indicated by the word "this" in the sentence, the answer is in the sentences before. Marx knew very well that capitalism, by its nature, fosters social isolation, leaving "no other nexus between man and man than naked self-interest, than callous cash payment." This creates passivity in the face of personal crises, from factory layoffs to home foreclosures. . He suggests that capitalism causes people to be selfish & therefore isolated. This he says causes people to accept everything that happens in a passive way. That is, do nothing but accept crises, such as factory closures.
December 11, 2016
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