COMMUNISM may be practically extinguished but the influence of Karl Marx lives on. Xi Jinping, the president of China, is “adapting Marxism to the Chinese context”, as the People’s Daily puts it. During the financial crisis of 2008-09 sales of “Capital”, Marx’s most significant work, soared; after Jeremy Corbyn’s election as leader of Britain’s Labour Party, sales of the “Communist Manifesto” spiked.
Lately anyone looking to familiarise themselves with Marx’s thought has been spoilt for choice. Last year saw the publication of Gareth Stedman Jones’s “Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion”, probably the defining guide to Marx’s philosophy and economics. Someone looking to understand Marx the man,…Continue reading
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