Long-considered dead by mainstream critics, the basic ideas of Karl Marx are brought to life in this overview of his thought. This book argues that instead of irrelevant, Marx's ideas of globalization, oppression, and social change are more important than ever.
Paul D'Amato is managing editor of the International Socialist Review. His writing has appeared in CounterPunch , Socialist Worker and Selves and Others.
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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
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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".
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.