I was following along fairly well with Marxist theory (or as decent as any first-year college student) until I encountered the concept of relative autonomy. Parker especially stressed how relative autonomy is not synonymous with individuality. My question is this: According to Marxist theory, is it impossible for any individual to achieve complete individualism, that relative autonomy is really the end-all be-all, the only attainable form of individualism, and even then it is only relative? So why? Why must we choose between individuality and relative autonomy?

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