Marx and Latin America

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In a work centered on Marx's harsh biography of Simón Bolívar, José Aricó examines why Latin America was apparently 'excluded' from Marx's thought, challenging the allegation that this expressed some 'Eurocentric' prejudice.

Aricó shows how the German thinker's hostility towards the Bonapartism and authoritarianism he identified in the Liberator coloured his attitude towards the continent and the significance of its independence-processes. While criticizing Marx's misreading of...

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In a work centered on Marx's harsh biography of Simón Bolívar, José Aricó examines why Latin America was apparently 'excluded' from Marx's thought, challenging the allegation that this expressed some 'Eurocentric' prejudice.

Aricó shows how the German thinker's hostility towards the Bonapartism and authoritarianism he identified in the Liberator coloured his attitude towards the continent and the significance of its independence-processes. While criticizing Marx's misreading of Latin-American realities, Aricó demonstrates contemporaneous, countervailing tendencies in Marx's thought, including his appraisal of the revolutionary potentialities of other 'peripheral' extra-European societies. As such, Aricó convincingly argues that Marx's work was not a dogma of linear 'progress', but a living, contradictory body of thought constantly in development

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José Aricó: (1931-91) was among Argentina's leading twentieth-century socialist thinkers. Co-founder of the journal Pasado y Presente, his works include Mariátegui y los orígenes del marxismo latinoamericano and La cola del diablo: Itinerario de Gramsci en América Latina

David Broder is a member of the Historical Materialism editorial board. He is currently a History PhD candidate at the London School of Economics, researching the role of dissident communists in the Italian resistance 1943–45.

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