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Marx / Marx myths

Postby MacCruiskeen » Fri Oct 17, 2008 3:52 pm

[url=http://marxmyths.org/]Marx Myths & Legends

Texts

i. Myths Conflating Marx with “State Socialism”

1. A Manifesto of Emancipation
by Paresh Chattopadhyay

2. The ‘Dictatorship of the Proletariat’ in Marx and Engels
by Hal Draper

ii. Myths about Marx’s Character

3. Marx and the working-class
by Francis Wheen

4. Marx’s ‘Illegitimate Son’
by Terrell Carver

5. Marx and the Economic-Jew Stereotype
by Hal Draper

6. Reading the “unreadable” Marx
by Humphrey McQueen

iii. Myths conflating Marx with 19th Century Socialism and Positivism

7. The Tradition of Scientific Marxism
by John Holloway

8. Karl Marx and Religion
by Cyril Smith

iv. The Myth of Dialectical Materialism

9. The Origins of Dialectical Materialism
by Z. A. Jordan

10. The Legend of Marx, or "Engels the founder"
by Maximilien Rubel

v. Other Myths of Marxism

11. Karl Marx: Economist or Revolutionary?
by Harry Cleaver

12. The Myth of Marx’s Economic Determinism
by Peter Stillman

13. Marx and Materialism
by Cyril Smith

14. The Myth of ‘Simple Commodity Production’
by Christopher J. Arthur

vi. Recent Myths

15. Hegel’s Master-Slave Dialectic and a Myth of Marxology
by Christopher J. Arthur

16. Ideology and False Consciousness
by Joseph McCarney

17. ‘The creatures,too,must become free’: Marx and the Animal/Human Distinction
by Lawrence Wilde
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Postby nathan28 » Sat Oct 18, 2008 1:13 pm

Thanks for posting this. I remember sitting through most of my undergrad classes angered to no end listening to people who hadn't cracked open anything by Marx speculate about what was in his books (the few of them there are). I don't necessarily consider myself a Marxist even, it's just ridiculous to speculate on authors you haven't read.

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Postby nathan28 » Mon Mar 09, 2009 11:25 am

David Harvey's Lectures on Marx: Harvey's been teaching Capital for thirty years. Might be helpful if you were drunk half the time you read it. :oops:
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Postby Lord Balto » Sun Apr 19, 2009 7:54 am

nathan28 wrote:Thanks for posting this. I remember sitting through most of my undergrad classes angered to no end listening to people who hadn't cracked open anything by Marx speculate about what was in his books (the few of them there are). I don't necessarily consider myself a Marxist even, it's just ridiculous to speculate on authors you haven't read.

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As a relative of Karl (he had Hurwitz ancestors) and someone who did at least try to read Capital, my impression was that it was a relatively dry analysis of the relationship between capital and labor as it existed in his time. On the other hand, the Communist Manifesto was a quite rable rousing call to revolution and no one can pretend it was an analysis of any sort of economic theory. Marx's problem, of course, like all intellectuals who would pretend to have the solution to the suppression of the working class, is the mistaken notion that the working class wants to be saved. If they wanted to be saved, they would do so themselves.
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