On the Formation of Marxism: Karl Kautsky's Theory of Capitalism, the Marxism of the Second International and Karl Marx's Critique of Political Economy

On the Formation of Marxism: Karl Kautsky's Theory of Capitalism, the Marxism of the Second International and Karl Marx's Critique of Political Economy

by Jukka Gronow

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Karl Kautsky was, for three decades before the First World War, the main authority on the intellectual heritage of Marx and Engels. His interpretation of Marx’s Capital and the basic laws and contradictions of capitalism was the reference point for both the foes and allies of Social Democracy. Jukka Gronow’s On the Formation of Marxism traces the contours of his

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ISBN-13: 9781608467037
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Publication date: 05/16/2017
Series: Historical Materialism Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)

About the Author


Jukka Gronow, Ph.D. (1986) is an emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Uppsala, Sweden. He has published monographs and articles on social theory, modern consumption and the history of the Soviet Union, including Caviar with Champagne (Berg 2000).

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements vii

Introduction 1

Part 1 Kautsky's Marxism

1 Organised Capitalism, the General Cartel and the Proletariat 29

2 The Dispute over Revisionism 35

3 The Theory of Immiseration, Socialist Consciousness and the Intellectuals 57

4 Socialism as Science 72

5 The Capitalist Law of Appropriation: Kautsky's Interpretation of Karl Marx's Economic Thought 78

6 The Centralisation of Capital and Monopoly Formation 94

7 Imperialism and the Relation between Industrial and Agrarian Countries 99

8 Imperialism and Its Alternatives 107

9 Imperialism as the Last Stage of Capitalism 126

10 Theoretical Sources of Kautsky's and Lenin's Studies on Imperialism 134

11 Imperialism as the Truth about Capitalism 151

12 Parliamentary Democracy and Revolutionary Tactics 157

13 The Question of Democracy and Dictatorship: Lenin's Critique of Kautsky the Renegade 192

Part 2 Marx's Marxism

14 The Immanent Critique and the Natural Rights Theory 211

15 John Locke, Adam Smith and Karl Marx's Critique of Private Property 225

16 The Principle of Labour 252

17 The Theory of Increasing Misery and the Critique of Capitalism 276

Conclusion 288

Bibliography 311

Index of Names 325

Index of Subjects 327

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