“The German Ideology”
- Thought and being are indeed distinct, but they also form a unity.
- The existing relations of production between individuals must necessarily
express themselves as political and legal relations.
- The ideas of the ruling class are, in every age, the ruling ideas: i.e. the class
which is the dominant material force in society is at the same time its
dominant intellectual force.
- The class which has the means of material production at its disposal, has
control at the same time over the means of mental production, so that in
consequence the ideas of those who lack the means of mental production
are, in general, subject to it.
- The dominant ideas are ideal expression of the dominant material
- The individuals composing the ruling class possess among other things
consciousness, and therefore think.
- Rule also as thinkers, as producers of ideas, and regulate the production
and distribution of the ideas of their age. ---> consequently, their ideas are
the ruling ideas of the age.
- The division of labour, manifests itself also in the ruling class, as t