Oscar Zarate,Rupert Woodfin

Marxism

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Was Marx himself a 'Marxist'? Was his visionary promise of socialism betrayed by Marxist dictatorship? Is Marxism inevitably totalitarian? What did Marx really say? “Introducing Marxism” provides a fundamental account of Karl Marx's original philosophy, its roots in 19th century European ideology, his radical economic and social criticism of capitalism that inspired vast 20th century revolutions. It assesses Marxism's Russian disciples, Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin who forged a ruthless dogmatic Communism. The book examines the alternative Marxist approaches of Gramsci, the Frankfurt School of critical theory and the structuralist Marxism of Althusser in the 1960s. It marshals postmodern interpretations of Marxism and raises the spectre of 'post-Marxism' in Derrida's confrontation with Fukuyama's 'end of history' doctrine.
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301 printed pages
Original publication
2014
Publication year
2014
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    So, however readers might interpret a newspaper article about a strike, the important thing for Marxists is that it is in a newspaper which is owned and controlled by someone who has a “hegemonic” point of view and wishes to promote that view. Postmodernists cannot see patterns in society.
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    Gramsci thought that a frontal attack on an unpopular autocratic regime, such as Tsarist Russia, had a good chance of success. But in liberal democratic societies the struggle would be longer and would involve ideas and culture, rather than just politics and economics
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    “In communist society, where nobody has one exclusive sphere of activity... 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, criticize after dinner, just as I have in mind, without ever becoming hunter, herdsman or critic.”

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