By Michael Lowy
“This ebook is awesome, incisive, sincere and merits to be learn with consciousness. it's an immense occasion within the Marxist theoretical production.” —Politique Hebdo
“A awesome essay, whose benefit isn't just theoretical, but in addition historic, since it examines unknown facets of the evolution of younger Marx’s thinking.”—Politis
In the 1840s, the younger German journalist Karl Marx built rules approximately smooth society that stay as suitable this day as once they have been first constructed. the following Löwy indicates the lasting strength of Marx’s early writings on alienation and emancipation.
Michael Löwy is examine director in sociology on the Centre nationwide de l. a. Recherché Scientifique, Paris. he's the writer of many books, together with Romanticism opposed to the Tide of Modernity.
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When the Hottentot and Bosjeman tribes fled before the warlike Dutch boors, they proceeded almost due north towards the deserts, the Karoos, the Gariepine country, and the Calihari. The reason for this was soon discovered: in their retreat eastward they encountered the Caffre, a warlike, bold, and active race of men, well armed with the assagai, ac<;ustomed to war; though somewhat feeble in their arms, yet strongly set upon their limbs, exceedingly daring, and accustomed to act in bodies; dark as Negroes nearly, yet not Negroes; finer made in the limbs, and with more energy; the head, perhaps, a little better than the Negro, or even as good as can be found in any dark race.
It is remarkable how slight a change in the conditions often induces sterility in a wild animal when captured; and this is the more strange as all our domesticated animals have become more fertile than they were in a state of nature; and some of them can resist the most unnatural conditions with undiminished fertility. Certain groups of animals are much more liable than others to be affected by captivity; and generally all the species of the same group are affected in the same manner. But sometimes a single species in a group is rendered sterile, whilst the others are not so; on the other hand, a single species may retain its fertility whilst most of the others fail to breed.
The Mongolian is known by his high cheek bones, flat visage, narrow and oblique eyes, straight black hair, scanty beard and olive complexion. Great empires have been established by this race in China and Japan, and their conquests been extended to this side of the Great Desert. In civilization, however, it has always remained stationary. The Negro race is confined to the south of mount Atlas; it is marked by a black complexion, crisped or woolly hair, compressed cranium, and a flat nose. The projection of the lower parts of the face, and the thick lips, evidently approximate it to the monkey tribe: the hordes of which it consists have always remained in the most complete state of utter barbarism.