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The"cookshops" line is a nice one, but it's from the mature, not the 
early, Marx (1873 afterword to the second German edition of Capital 
Volume 1). The "ruthless criticism" quotation, on the other hand, is 
from an 1843 letter to Ruge. --PG

At 8:32 PM -0500 7/5/07, Carrol Cox wrote:
>One of Marx's more interesting
>statements (before he had begun to develop what we now call marxism) was
>flippantly but usefully translated in MR some years ago, "Writing
>recipes for the cookshops of the future is not our thing." (Then follows
>the useful and true but often overused point about ruthless criticism of
>all that is.) We can't design the new world; it can only be forged, bit
>by bit, in the practice and thought of those who coalesce to destroy
>capitalism. Marx's somewhat later phrase, "revolutionzing practice"
>(practice that transforms the agent) is along the same lines.
>
>Carrol