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It is from this perspective that socialism is considered "unrealistic" or "utopical": ignoring the human, spiritual dimension, as an whole invididual.
This is just rubbish, reminiscent of the crudest anti-communism of the 1950s. It's not true of socialism and certainly not true of Marx's views - see Fromm in my other response. Marx's whole project was to help develop systems within which humans were not alienated by the demands of capitalist systems of work, instead he wanted ones in which people COULD flourish as complete human beings. Even the most cursory reading of Marx would have made that obvious.
Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.
"many other things which do take the man in consideration as a whole being, material and spiritual, materialist but also sensible to art, but also religious, and not just as a talking animal, with basic needs and strictly quantifiable reactions."
The point was not that marxism would not speak about emancipating humans. The point was that 1) the emancipation is at societal rather than at an individual level (and this is where marxists are at odds with libertarians, even today) and 2) that Marx chose to dismiss the spiritual side of the man and only think of it in empirical terms. Or anything in the domain of the subjective cannot be quantified, and exists beyond the scope of socialist scientifism. (and I don't even speak of the other side of the spiritual, metaphysical, paranormal, buddhism etc).
Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last! (Martin Luther King)
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