“That Sole and Despotic Dominion”: Marx, Property, Political Theology, Again – Kurt Newman


“In previous weeks, we have examined briefly the Marxist notion of social-property relations and reviewed some tensions between Weberian and historical materialist approaches to the connection between property and violence: the capacity (or the propensity or sometimes the obscene desire) to harm, destroy, and dishonor inherent in Sir William Blackstone’s famous declaration: “There is nothing which so generally strikes the imagination… as the right of property; or that sole and despotic dominion which one man exercises over the external things of the world.” This week, I wish to begin to make a case for Marxist property theory as a kind of political theology.”