I am not sure if Engels does justice to this interesting figure but in any case Engels is peddling the extreme form of ‘historical materialism’ that behind its bluster of theoretical pretense about the final causes of etc…
It is not clear what ambition to theory wrecked the project of Marx/Engels but their analysis is surely false and in part the reason the left, influenced if not dominated by marxism can’t find its way to a revolutionary dynamic.
The claims for the modes of production and exchange are simply nonsense and should have been called out long ago. To claim a law of history in any form is dubious but the version of Marx is especially open to challenge: is class struggle really the key? Theories of historical dynamics are a big thing, and none has succeeded. This whole strategy was to use ‘theory’ for propaganda and the result at this point has stultified the left.
t might help to grasp that marxism is based on pseudoscience and proceeds without challenge to muddle all efforts of leftists.The left needs a broader historical perspective without the colossal amateurism of ‘historical materialism’.
He added that, “the law according to which all historical struggles, whether they proceed in the political, religious, philosophical or some other ideological domain, are in fact only the more or less clear expression of struggles of social classes.
Scott thus betrays an affinity with Frederick Engels, that pioneer of scientific socialism. Engels wrote that, “the final causes of all social changes and political revolutions are to be sought, not in men’s brains, not in men’s better insights into eternal truth and justice, but in changes in the modes of production and exchange.” He added that, “the law according to which all historical struggles, whether they proceed in the political, religious, philosophical or some other ideological domain, are in fact only the more or less clear expression of struggles of social classes.