The form of intercourse determined by the existing productive forces at all previous historical stages, and in its turn determining these, in civil society. The latter, as is clear from what we have said above, has as its premise and basis the simple family and the multiple, called the tribe … civil society is the true focus and theatre of all history …
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Individual/ Thematic Research Outlines
For as soon as the division of labour comes into being, each man has a particular, exclusive sphere of activity, which is forced upon him and from which he cannot escape. He is a hunter, a fisherman, a shepherd, or a critical critic, and must remain so if he does not want to lose his means of livelihood; whereas in communist society, where nobody has one exclusive sphere of activity but each can become accomplished in any branch he wishes, society regulates the general production and thus makes it possible for me to do one thing today and another tomorrow, to hunt in the morning, fish in the afternoon, rear cattle in the evening, criticise after dinner, just as I have a mind, without ever becoming hunter, fisherman, shepherd or critic.
Karl Marx/Friedrich Engels: German Ideology: 47