Marshall Howard Berman (1940 – 2013) was an American philosopher and Marxist humanist, professor of political science history and a teacher of political philosophy and urbanism. Growing up in the Southern Bronx, the demolition of this district was the starting point for his interest in urbanism and humanist Marxism, which he described in his most famous book All That Is Solid Melts Into Air.
Berman discovered Karl Marx through the reading of the early German philosopher's writings. In this meeting he gained his own view of modern capitalism as unsuccessful, both in its industrial and its post-industrial phase, but primarily through the emotional suffering ideology has inflicted on man.
"Calvin Klein, another rattled Jewish boy, would have loved Kafka's body."
Down with God. For Berman, Marx becomes most interesting as he moves behind structuralist power analyzes and historical determinism. He liked the idea of a Marx crushing the idolatry of communist orthodoxy.
Fra 1840-årene utga Marx mest politiske artikler, traktater og pamfletter – skrifter som ofte handlet om menneskets tilstand. Berman forklarer oss at det ikke var Marx’ mening at ideene styrer historiens utvikling, men menneskets praktiske livsvilkår. Marx var svært skeptisk til religion – «opium for folket», som han så velkjent . . .