“That Sole and Despotic Dominion”: Marx, Property, Political Theology, Again – Kurt Newman

February 3, 2016

http://s-usih.org/2016/02/that-sole-and-despotic-dominion-marx-property-political-theology-again.html

“In previous weeks, we have examined briefly the Marxist notion of social-property relations and reviewed some tensions between Weberian and historical materialist approaches to the connection between property and violence: the capacity (or the propensity or sometimes the obscene desire) to harm, destroy, and dishonor inherent in Sir William Blackstone’s famous declaration: “There is nothing which so generally strikes the imagination… as the right of property; or that sole and despotic dominion which one man exercises over the external things of the world.” This week, I wish to begin to make a case for Marxist property theory as a kind of political theology.”

 

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