What does Karl Marx mean by “all that is solid melts into air,”?

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  • 9 years ago
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    "All that is solid melts into air" refers to a passage in the Communist Manifesto by Marx and Engels. These are visionary words, as communism itself has evaporated and capitalism has also lost its way.

    They referred first of all to the fact that capitalism by its nature is constantly expanding and therefore needs to constantly revolutionize itself in order to create new markets, leaving nothing solid or permanent in its wake, both destroying and conjuring into existence everything from cities to human populations along the way. They were also speaking of the way that capitalism reduces everything to the shadowy abstraction known as money. Both of these processes have accelerated and transformed themselves in the twentieth century. New technologies have greatly expanded the human capacity for both creation and destruction, an d the universality of money as a standard of value above all others has been supplemented by the (much discussed) process through which everything, if it is to be felt to exist at all.

    Marx's prophecy is as prescient as ever. In short, a whole host of phenomena, ranging from the weakening and porosity of national territorial boundaries, the actual and potential "globalization of contingency" in the form of global pandemics and the specter of environmental catastrophe, to the backlash of increasing territorialization as new forms of imperialism, international isolationism, political fundamentalism, ethnonationalist particularism, or projects for a "fortress Europe"--seek to reverse these trends, point to the increasing salience of changing conceptions of space and time in our contemporary globalizing world.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    the answer's inside the question, does all that is air freeze into solid? does it?

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  • 4 years ago

    Raul did you get marks on employing this answer??

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  • 5 years ago

    Oustanding reply; I used it for a paper. Thanks so much.

    • Raúl5 years agoReport

      I mean Miss Chief´s one. Congrats.

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