By Peter Kaufman
I would like to begin this post with a poem:
The capitalist has to create:
the material basis
the development of productive powers
the transformation of material production
into a scientific domination of nature.
Material conditions of a new world
created in the same way
as geological revolutions created
the surface of the earth.
What we call history
is but the history of successive intruders.
The profound hypocrisy
of capitalist civilization
unveiled before our eyes.
When a great social revolution
masters the results of the capitalist epoch—
the market of the world, the modern powers of production—
and subjected them
to the common control of the most advanced peoples
will human progress . . . cease
to resemble that hideous, pagan idol
who would not drink the nectar
but from the skulls of the slain.