Marxists are ambitious. We set out not only to understand the world but, more importantly, to
change it. We regard ideas as part of the world and seek to understand and change them too.
Marxism, as a set of ideas, has no privileged status in this regard. It, too, can be explained within
the framework of historical materialism. For Marxism is not only a theory of the working class's
struggle for its own emancipation. This theory is also the product of that struggle and the efforts of
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