Marxism and Freedom From 1776 until Today

ISBN-10: 1573928194

ISBN-13: 9781573928199

Edition: 2000

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In this classic exposition of Marxist thought, Raya Dunayevskaya, with clarity and great insight, traces the development and explains the essential features of Marx's analysis of history. Using as her point of departure the Industrial and French Revolutions, the European upheavals of 1848, the American Civil War, and the Paris Commune of 1871, Dunayevskaya shows how Marx, inspired by these events, adapted Hegel's philosophy to analyze the course of history as a dialectical process that moves "from practice to theory." The essence of Marx's philosophy, as Dunayevskaya points out, is the human struggle for freedom, which entails the gradual emergence of a proletarian revolutionary consciousness and the discovery through conflict of the means for realizing complete human freedom.But freedom for Marx meant freedom not only from capitalist economic exploitation but also from all political restraints. Continuing her historical analysis, Dunayevskaya reveals how completely Marx's original conception of freedom was perverted through its adaptations by Stalin in Russia and Mao in China, and the subsequent erection of totalitarian states. The exploitation of the masses persisted under these regimes in the form of a new "state capitalism."Yet despite the profound derailment of Marxist political philosophy in the twentieth century, Dunayevskaya points to developments such as the Hungarian revolt of 1956, and the Civil Rights struggles in the United States as signs that the indomitable quest for freedom on the part of the downtrodden cannot be forever repressed. The Hegelian dialectic of events propelled by the spirit of the masses thus moves on inexorably with the hope for the future achievement of political, economic, and social freedom and equality for all.
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List price: $29.99
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Prometheus Books, Publishers
Publication date: 5/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 388
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342

Introduction to Morningside Edition - Dialectics of Revolution: American Roots and Marx's World Humanist Concepts
Preface to 1982 Edition
Introduction to second edition
Introduction to first edition
From Practice to Theory: 1776 to 1848
The Age of Revolutions: Industrial, Social-Political, Intellectual
Classical Political Economy, the Revolts of the Workers, and the Utopian Socialists
A New Humanism: Marx's early economic-philosophic writings
Worker and Intellectual at a Turning Point in History: 1848 to 1861
Worker, Intellectual, and the State
Marxism: The Unity of Theory and Practice
The Impact of the Civil War in the United States on the Structure of CAPITAL
The Paris Commune Illuminates and Deepens the Content of CAPITAL
The Humanism and Dialectic of CAPITAL, Volume I, 1867 to 1883
The Logic and Scope of CAPITAL, Volumes II and III
The Second International, 1889 to 1914
World War I and the Great Divide in Marxism
The Collapse of the Second International and the Break in Lenin's Thought
Forms of Organization: The Relationship of the Spontaneous Self-Organization of the Proletariat to the "Vanguard Party"
What Happens After
The Problem of Our Age: State Capitalism vs. Freedom
Russian State Capitalism vs. Worker's Revolt
The Beginning of the End of Russian Totalitarianism
Automation and the New Humanism
The Challenge of Mao Tse-Tung
In Place of a Conclusion: Two Kinds of Objectivity
Cultural Revolution or Maoist Reaction?
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