Re: For women's liberation: a comradely critique of the Manifesto and historical materialism

Tue, 10 Mar 1998 07:56:57 -0800
Eugene E. Ruyle (

For what it's worth, here's what Engels had to say about the future of
the family (in Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State,
International Publishers Ed., 1972, p. 145)

What we can now conjecture about the way in which sexual relations will
be ordered after the impending overthrow of capitalist production is
mainly of a negative character, limited for the most part to what will
disappear. But what will there be new? That will be answered when a
new generation has grown up: a generation of men who never in their
lives have known what it is to buy a woman's surrender with money or any
other social instrument of power; a generation of women who have never
known what it is to give themselves to a man from any other
considerations than real love or to refuse to give themselves to their
lover from fear of economic consequences. When these people are in the
world, they will care precious little what anyone today thinks they
ought to do; they will make their own practice and their corresponding
opinion about the practice of each individual - and that will be the end
of it.

RUYLE, Anthropology, Cal State Long Beach, Long Beach, CA  90840-1003 
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