The Role of the Individual in the End of the End of History


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For all of our claims to be historical materialists, there is nothing that the left loves more than a great leader to guide us to victory. If we are to make history, but not in circumstances of our own choosing, what role do we actually have to play as individuals? What role does the extraordinary person play in making history?
“History is made in such a way that the final result always arises from conflicts between many individual wills, of which each in turn has been made what it is by a host of particular conditions of life. Thus there are innumerable intersecting forces, an infinite series of parallelograms of forces which give rise to one resultant — the historical event.”

Thomas Carlyle, On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History (1840)

On the Role of the Individual in History

Karl Marx and his conception of history

The individual and the Marxist view of history

Music- Armageddon Blues by Power Trip

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