Subjective Objective by admin on October 16, 2012 at 12:01 am Proletarian Theory is a Revolutionary Social Force
Economy and Class Shape Philosophy
The prevailing ideas of any social formation correspond to the economic interests of its ruling class.
Class consciousness: Appropriating the ideas corresponding to one’s class interests. A working class person who votes for a bourgeois politician (of whatever party) is submitting to the domination of the enemy. This is not a class conscious act.
All human thinking is rooted in our social conditions. Our ideas are, in an overall sense, shaped by the economic system within which we live. Though ideas arise which can affect and challenge the economic structure, and there is some interplay between the two, overall the influence is weighted the other way, with the economic base determining the ideas that arise within a culture.
Therefore, before we can identify which class a particular philosophy represents and serves, we must identify the class nature of the society in which it arose, and the theory’s role in that historical moment, as well as the class makeup of the society in which it is being used now, and the possible shift in its role. A philosophy or theory (like the class it corresponds to) may have been liberatory at one time but can turn into its opposite in a different historical period.