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who was the more important thinker ? Clearly Marx, and partly because he correctly saw that Hegel's approach to history - not surprisingly for a "genuine philosopher" - mistakenly placed far too much emphasis on ideas.

You're making a mistake of category.
The issue is not that one put too much emphasis on concepts, while the other put his finger on the real thing (means of production).
The issue is that one, as a genuine philosopher, kept his reflexion at the abstract level, while the other reduced the continuous conflict of ideas at a conflict of classes. I see this as a dire simplification for someone to still deserve to be called a philosopher. No matter how important the relations of productions are in the society, they are far from being responsible of every thing ever happened in history, be it social relationship or .

Lenin and the rest of the gang were even less worthy of even a pretence of philosophy. Suffice it to look at his works.
In "What is to be done" Lenin argues that the proletariat can only achieve a successful "revolutionary consciousness" through the efforts of a vanguard party composed of full-time professional revolutionaries, and that such a party could only achieve its aims through a form of disciplined organization known as "democratic centralism".

I feel like saying: Bull Shit. There you have the very description by which we recognize a dictatorship.
Call this a political theory if you like, but Marxism-Leninism, a "philosophy" ?  Pah-lease.

Objective moral truth. Emancipation as a species thing

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by ValentinD (walentijn arobase free spot franša) on Mon Jun 8th, 2009 at 05:01:36 PM EST
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