15 March 2010

Once more on the Origin of The Family, Private Property and The State

Again: Origin of Family, Property and State

We meet in the UJ Doornfontein Library. Next week’s session will be as follows: 
  • Date: 18 March (Thursday)
  • Time: 17h00 sharp to 18h30 sharp
  • Venue: The Library, University of Johannesburg, 37 Nind Street, Doornfontein, Johannesburg (former Technikon Witwatersrand). Cars enter from the slip road to the left of the bridge on Siemert Road.
  • Topic: The State.

There are two CU supplementary texts to back up “The State” in this Basics course. One is “The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State”, which we dealt with in January, here.

It may now be easier to read this text, and to see how the State, as the instrument of domination of all other classes by one ruling class, is a product of a historical development of property relations. The transition from prehistoric communism took place a long time ago in some parts of the world. In other parts it was a much more recent phenomenon.

The arrival, together, of property and the State of class-domination was also the occasion for the downfall of the women. This is something that Frederick Engels demonstrates with more clarity than any other writer (with the possible exception of Evelyn Reed, almost a century later, in her book “Woman’s Evolution”, which is not available in electronic form). Therefore the Engels text, difficult as it may be, is indispensable even in a basic course.

The simultaneous nature of this triple catastrophe (property, state, downfall of women) also means that the abolition or “withering away” of the State is a feminist issue. 

Communism is a feminist necessity. The reversal of the downfall of the women can only be achieved by the abolition of property and the State. Likewise, the abolition of property and the State cannot be achieved without the conscious restoration of women to their proper place in human society. All three goals have to be achieved together. The three goals are actually the same goal, and the name of it is communism.



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