Australian Left Review

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Marx Essential But Not Enough


Jim Cairns


I like Marx, have to say, "I am not a marxist". But if it were not for Marx I could not be what I am. If it were not for Marx I may never have seen the power and the importance of the real, the materialist, and the importance of work in determining what a person is. Unless one begins with the materialist conception of history, one may always remain an idealist — a man of the idea, a super man, a man-god, a patriarch.