terminology Praxis


In the study of Marxism in the western world, there was “theory,” which was the discussion of how to best bring about the Revolution, and there was “praxis,” or practice, which was direct action attempting to bring about the revolution. For aspiring terrorists, the primacy of praxis was absolute. It was this allegiance to Marxist theory, and the need for “praxis” to bring about the revolution, that prompted many leftist Germans to support the early actions of the Baader-Meinhof Gang. Later, when bodies began to pile up, the relative mass support for the gang shrank, but their core support hardened.