“Rather an end with terror than terror without end!” | Marx’s insights into social turmoil and civil strife | Socialism Art Nature

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“Rather an end with terror than terror without end!” | Marx’s insights into social turmoil and civil strife | Socialism Art Nature.

The quote above comes from The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte, by Karl Marx (1852).

I always come back to this work by Marx as containing one of his most insightful analyses regarding the intricacies of complex social phenomena — the predictable unpredictability of it all.

How a society that has become pregnant with its own insoluble contradictions — to paraphrase Marx — can produce EITHER a revolutionary reconstitution of society at large, or the common exhaustion of the contending classes.

More along the lines of the latter case, he describes how a society that undergoes a protracted period of social turmoil — whether it be revolution or civil strife — can give way, seemingly “out of the blue,” to mass resignation and the rise of…

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