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By Domenico Losurdo, Gregory Elliot

Available for the 1st time in English, this ebook examines and reinterprets type fight inside Marx and Engels’ idea. As Losurdo argues, category fight is frequently misunderstood as solely the fight of the terrible opposed to the wealthy, of the common-or-garden opposed to the strong. it truly is an interpretation that's expensive to populism, one who supposes a binary common sense that closes its eyes to complexity and inclines in the direction of the get together of poverty as a spot of ethical excellence. This ebook, in spite of the fact that, indicates the idea of sophistication fight is a normal conception of social clash. at any time when, the main hostile social conflicts are intertwined in several methods. A ancient scenario continually emerges with particular and exact features that necessitate critical exam, freed from schematic and biased research. provided that it breaks clear of populism can Marxism improve the facility to interpret and alter the world.

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Class Struggle: A Political and Philosophical History

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But it is the case that a key aspect of the twentieth century was the blossoming of national liberation movements that ended up being hegemonized by communist or communist-inspired parties. And the development of these movements was precisely punctuated by two world wars wherein the aspect of counter-revolutionary intervention was more or less massively present. The intervention of the Entente against Soviet Russia was followed, more than twenty years later, by the aggression of Hitlerite Germany, which simultaneously aimed to liquidate the socialist movement and build a colonial empire in the East, as a result of which defeat of this project provoked an immense wave of anti-colonial revolutions on a global scale.

In 1883, the year Marx died, a book appeared in Austria by Ludwig Gumplowicz which, in its very title (Der Rassenkampf, ‘The Race Struggle’), was counter-posed to the thesis of the class struggle as the key to interpreting history. Three decades before Gumplowicz, Arthur de Gobineau in France began to send to the printers his Essay on the Inequality of the Human Races—a work whose title once again speaks for itself. At the same time, a similar line of argument was advanced in Britain by Benjamin Disraeli, who formulated the thesis that race was ‘the key of history’—‘[a]ll is race; there is no other truth’.

They regarded liberty as ‘the least important of their possessions, and thus are always ready to offer it up with reason at moments of danger’. These were characteristics whose disappearance was difficult to imagine, given a people whose ‘basic characteristics are so constant that we can recognise the France we know in portraits made of it two or three thousand years ago’. As we can see, the psychopathological paradigm tends to intersect with the ethnological or ethnologico-racial paradigm. 89 Such stereotypes became even more widely diffused across the Channel and can even be found in John Stuart Mill.

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