Karl Marx on the Fundamentals of Human Existence

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“The first premise of all human existence and, therefore, of all history, [is that humans] must be in a position to live in order to be able to ‘make history.’ But life involves before everything else eating and drinking, a habitation, clothing and many other things. The first historical act is thus the production of the means to satisfy these needs, the production of material life itself. And indeed this is an historical act, a fundamental condition of all history, which today, as thousands of years ago, must daily and hourly be fulfilled merely in order to sustain human life.”

 – Karl Marx, “The German Ideology”

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