The Meaning of Marxism

The Meaning of Marxism

by Paul D'Amato

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608462506
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Publication date: 12/02/2014
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 401,239
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Paul D'Amato is the associate editor of the International Socialist Review. His writing has appeared in CounterPunch, Socialist Worker and Selves and Others. He is an activist based in Chicago, IL.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the 2014 Edition: The Return of Marx 1

Introduction 4

1 From Millenarianism to Marx 9

2 Marx's Materialist Method 17

3 The Marxist View of History 34

4 Marxist Economics: How Capitalism Works 51

5 Marxist Economics: How Capitalism Fails 69

6 No Power Greater-the Working Class 81

7 Democracy, Reform, and Revolution 105

8 From Marx to Lenin: Marxism and Political Organization 129

9 Russia: The God That Failed? 155

10 Imperialism, Nationalism, and War 175

11 Marxism and Oppression 198

12 Capitalism's Ecological Crisis 237

13 Imagine … the Socialist Future 258

Appendix 1 But What About…? Answers to Common Arguments Against Socialism 266

Appendix 2 Study Questions 292

Further Reading 295

Notes 300

Index 338

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The Meaning of Marxism 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Capitalism is dead, it just doesn't know it yet (by the way, Wal-Mart won). D'Amato enlightens his readers by using historic and present day examples to bring Socialism alive and real, while debunking all of the myths surrounding International Socialism. Don't panic - Stalin style fascism has nothing to do with real socialism. This one book (and a very easy read at that) is more educational than all of the textbooks you've been forced to endure (including all of the boring lectures you may have had to sit through). You don't even need an open mind to read this book, but you will have an open mind by the time you're finished and you'll have a much better idea of 'why things are the way they are'. You'll become conscious of the very real continuing class struggle (divide and rule) and how capitalism exploits and oppresses everything and anything that gets in the way of its insatiable greed. But then again, it may be more comfortable to keep your head in the sand.
mamorico on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Every once in a great while you come across a book that changes your outlook on life in a fundamental way. This is one such book. D'Amato makes his points in an accessible way, which isn't always easy to do with Marxist philosophy. A must read for interested political "lefties".
alexgalindo on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is the stepping stone for anyone truly interested in Marxism. It launches any novice into the echelons of scholarly understanding. Marx, quite fairly, is diagnosed as a difficult thinker to understand at times. The Meaning of Marxism achieves a simplicity, that is unmatched.
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