Marx at the Millennium

Marx at the Millennium

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In the midst of a worldwide social crisis, Marxism has apparently lost momentum and, in many quarters, has been abandoned as obsolete. Cyril Smith reinstates Marx's work as a relevant source of inspiration, arguing that the Marxist tradition has essentially ignored the fundamental ideas of the man himself. By examining the theoretical views of Lenin and Trotsky alongside those of Marx, Smith reveals a discrepancy which can be traced back to figures such as Kautsky and Plekhanov during the Second International - and even to Marx's contemporaries. This work addresses Marx's fundamental question of what it means to be human, demonstrating its validity as we move towards the 21st century.
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  • Paperback | 198 pages
  • 132.1 x 213.4 x 15.2mm | 240.41g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • notes and references
  • 0745310001
  • 9780745310008

Table of contents

Part 1 the way we live now: 20th century paradox; the economics of insanity (and vice versa); the new world order - where are we going? Part 2 How the "Marxists" buried Marx: Marx and "Marxism"; the philosophy of thuggery - philosophy and the Russian revolution; "Marxism" in the Second International; Lenin versus "orthodoxy"; Engels and "Marxism"; Karl Marx and the origins of "Marxism"; conclusion. Part 3 The standpoint of socialized humanity: Karl Marx and humanity; humanity in inhuman shape; transcending estrangement; conclusion. Part 4 Science and humanity: science looking at people; Marx and method; Karl Marx and some theories, conclusion. Part 5 Some questions for the 21st century: introduction; technology and the market; technology and the natural environment; industry and the state; feminism; racism, nationalism and other horrors; socialism and the Labour movement.
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