An extract from 'Marx's Three Voices'
|Karl Marx's Economic and Philosophical manuscripts of 1844|
The example of Marx helps us to understand that the language of writing, which is a language of ceaseless contestation, must constantly be developed and interrupted in multiple ways. The language of communism is always at one and the same time tacit and violent, political and wise, direct, indirect, total and fragmentary, lengthy and nearly instantaneous. Marx does not live comfortably with this plurality of languages constantly colliding and being forced apart within him. Even if these languages seem to converge towards the end, they remain untranslatable into one another, and their heterogeneity, and the distance and interval that decentre them, make them non-contemporaneous with each other, such that, giving rise to an effect of irreducible distortion, they oblige those who have to withstand the challenge of reading (or executing) them to submit to a process of ceaseless readjustment.Also at A Piece of Monologue: