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Author QuotedKarl Marx
Title QuotedCritique of Hegel's 'Philosophy of Right'
Date (Year/Month/Day)1957/05/13
Imprint[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 1843
Quotation""¦a clan in radical chains, one of the classes of bourgeois society which does not belong to bourgeois society, an order which brings the break-up of all orders, a sphere which has a universal character by virtue of its universal suffering and lays claim to no particular right because no particular wrong but complete wrong is being perpetrated against it"¦which cannot emancipate itself without freeing itself from all other spheres of society and thereby freeing all these other spheres themselves which, as it represents the complete forfeiting of humanity itself can only redeem itself through the redemption of the whole of humanity. The proletariat represents the disposition of society as a special order." Marx-1843. The perils of Marx's rhetoric.
Quotation SourceA Search for Solitude: Pursuing the Monk's True Life. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 3, 1952-1960.; Edited by Lawrence S. Cunningham. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 89
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