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Not wuite...

Posted by: Red Deathy ( Socialist party, Uk ) on May 17, 1999 at 15:14:32:

In Reply to: It sounds like utilitarianism... posted by Bob Lee on May 17, 1999 at 13:07:58:

: Bob: How does taking hostages and murdering people end up being good? How come when Stalin did it, it's bad?
It sounds like utilitarianism....

Not wuite- whilst it is a 'means justify ends' ethics, its more a case of appealing to historical necessity, and historical dialectics and all sorts- I'd suggest reading hegel's 'Reason in History' would give you more of an idea of Bolshevik motivations and ethics than anything by Marx.

Marx though morality was just something that a given society made up to justify and control its own existence, but obviously, he did valorize human freedom as a supreme good, so tehre is an implicit ethic in tehre somewhere...

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