Marx was right you know

About some things at least:

What I mean is that Marx argued that technical change was a powerful force behind social change, so technology influenced power relations between people:

\”Social relations are closely bound up with productive forces. In acquiring new productive forces men change their mode of production; and in changing their mode of production, in changing the way of earning their living, they change all their social relations. The hand-mill gives you society with the feudal lord; the steam-mill, society with the industrial capitalist.\”

As in:

Attitudes to sex have changed dramatically over the last hundred years. This column presents a model where socialisation – the passing on of norms and ideologies by parents and institutions such as the church or state – is determined by the technological environment in which people live. Contraception has reduced the chance of unwanted pregnancies from premarital sex, and this in turn has changed social attitudes.

I\’d say that\’s a fair old change in social relations brought about by a change in technology. Wouldn\’t you?

2 thoughts on “Marx was right you know”

  1. “Contraception has reduced the chance of unwanted pregnancies from premarital sex”

    another quote from the same source:

    “despite the fact that the efficacy of contraception has increased, so has the number of out-of-wedlock births”

    Both are true. Which is the most important?

  2. “What I mean is that Marx argued that technical change was a powerful force behind social change”: but does anyone suppose that Marx was the first to argue that?

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