German Ideology

n German Ideology and elsewhere, what does Marx mean by the “superstructure”? Marx says: Since the State is the form in which the individuals of a ruling class assert their common interests, and in which the whole civil society of an epoch is epitomised, it follows that the State mediates in the formation of all common institutions and that the institutions receive a political form. Hence the illusion that law is based on the will, and indeed on the will divorced from its real basis — on free will. Based on this and other writings, how would you explain Marx’s view of private property throughout history? Is it a “natural right”, like Locke? Or, is it the private will or general will? SOURCES ATTACHED: plato.stanford.edu (sections 2 & 5) The Communist Manifesto: www.marxists.org www.marxists.org www.marxists.org www.iep.utm.edu (sections 1-5)