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Sidney Hook – What to expect

May 24, 2014

“When has any ruling class permitted itself to be bowed out of power without putting up the most desperate kind of resistance? … It should also be borne in mind that in virtue of their past training, ideology, and class status, the ruling class necessarily regards the defense of its property interests as the defense of civilization against barbarism, the preservation of the refinements of its culture as the preservation of all culture against the vandalism of the rabble. Out of this subjective sincerity there often arises… a desire to go down fighting for what they consider honor and the good life.”

(from Towards the Understanding of Karl Marx: A Revolutionary Interpretation, 1933)

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