Historical Materialism and the (Psychological) Dialectic

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When Marx looked at history then he saw is as the dynamic interplay of opposing material forces, not Platonic forms, Divine Providence or anything else abstract and intangible.
For me personally I see history as the dynamic interplay of opposing (psychological forces) of people resituated internally in the individuals who plays roles in history as let’s examine what I mean by this.
I think the primary force for a person in our historical context comes down to his/her psychological makeup that leads him/her to the decisions he/she takes within the area of his/her responsibility.
As for example: President Barak Obama or even Napoleon Bonaparte would examine their psychological makeup which force them to what decisions they would take in their leadership.
So as Marx thinks that the material forces at play in any society were most importantly economic, I think the both the material forces and sociological forces in any society is basically psychological.
As in Marx philosophy what is more basic to the survival of a human than how we obtain food and shelter, how we produce the things we need and want and the arrangements we make to facilitate production and exchange with other members of our community? These survival issues precede all others.
As Marx believed if you live in a country where you need money to buy food, you’re in a serious trouble if you have none. If you live where people barter you need to be able to do things that others find useful. If you cannot find a way to participate in the economy of your community you will simply die.
But in my opinion how would you be able to participate in your community economic wise if you are disabled physically or psychologically?
Is it more reasonable that we have to get our (ability) to participate in the first place before we can play our economic role in our society?
That’s why I think that the psychological/physical ability is much more important than the material production as the basic fact of human history.
As Marx proceed, these economic forces do not interact peacefully in some smooth progression as if they interact by means of a dialectic as Marx and me believe they do they would clash with each other.
Thus history progress only by means of opposition and conflicts and the main conflict that Marx saw in human society was that between different economic classes.
But as we have agreed that the psychological forces play a major role in the people that makeup history, in my opinion I think that the clash of dialectic forces happens between the numbers of people in opposition to each other based on their ideologies and between the individual psyches itself of the person.
As in my opinion ideologies are based on firm beliefs of something that should take part in the world of their believers and these beliefs are psychological in nature at first hand.
So actually the struggle between different groups of people is psychologically based in the first place not only materialistic based as in Marx view based on economic forces only.
Plus to add on the psychological forces that control people struggle between each other, there would be the psychological forces that takes place inside each of the individual person self.
As these internal psychological forces has its own dialectic in terms of motivations and desires clashing with each other inside the person self.
Leading also to a dialectic turn in the person decision.

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