Critique of the Gotha Programme
 

 

Critique of the Gotha Programme

Marx, Karl
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Year Published:  1875  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX5582

Karl Marx's criticisms of the programme adopted by congress to unite the two German socialist parties in 1875.

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Right can never be higher than the economic structure of society and its cultural development conditioned thereby.

In a higher phase of communist society, after the enslaving subordination of the individual to the division of labor, and therewith also the antithesis between mental and physical labor, has vanished; after labor has become not only a means of life but life's prime want; after the productive forces have also increased with the all-around development of the individual, and all the springs of co-operative wealth flow more abundantly -- only then then can the narrow horizon of bourgeois right be crossed in its entirety and society inscribe on its banners: From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs!

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