Realism in Eastern Europe)

Michael Hoover hoov at
Mon Apr 19 14:27:54 PDT 1999

> Weydemeyer is also worth recalling as the occasioner of The Eighteenth
> Brumaire and as the addressee of the letter in which Marx (in his
> mid-thirties) set out an account of what he took to be new about his work:
> What I did that was new was to prove (1) that the
> existence of classes is only bound up with particular historical phases in
> the development of production, (2) that the class struggle necessarily
> leads to the dictatorship of the proletariat, (3) that this dictatorship
> itself only constitutes the transition to the abolition of all classes and
> to a classless society ..." (5 March 1852; MESC Moscow 1935).
> --C. G. Estabrook

Hal Draper points out that Weydemeyer's article entitled "The Dictatorship of the Proletariat" - a condensation of the Manifesto on the aim of proletarian rule - appeared in the New York socialist publication *Turn- Zeitung* on 1 January 1852 and he suggests that Marx was echoing him in the above letter...

and for what it's worth, W was in on the design of NYC's Central Park... Michael Hoover

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