Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Dog Fouling v The Philosophy of Karl Marx

Karl Marx featured on this site recently, see here and a while ago here.

This time, we are looking at Karl's assessment of history, a major aspect of his theory of historical materialism. Karl famously stated that "history is nothing but the activity of men in pursuit of their ends". This approach to history does not allow for any suggestion that "history repeats itself". History is not an independent force. It is a record of "men" (glad Karl appreciated the role of women!) acting in their own interests. This blog proves him wrong!

In January, I photographed an example of dog fouling in Cornwall. The post is here but I reproduce the relevant picture below. To the left of the shadow of my shoulder, you can see dog faeces.

This was in January. Some 6 months later, I have returned to the very same spot. Can history repeat itself? I leave you to judge:

Talk your way out of that one, Karl!


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