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Sun Apr 29, 2012, 01:28 AM

Anyone reading "Why Marx Was Right" by Terry Eagleton? [View all]

I'm about halfway through and it's blowing me away. Eagleton is really witty, too!

He does a good job at debunking the usual criticisms of Marxism, that it is dehumanizing and deterministic, that it assumes that the material conditions of society are the only thing that matters, that it is a utopian pipe dream, etc. Eagleton goes very in depth about a society needing to be extremely productive, wealthy, and having the potential to be "post-scarcity" for necessities before a social revolution can be successful, otherwise it leads to Stalinism. He also refutes the notion that Marx's ideas are based on a notion of there being no essential human nature, because if there were no essential human nature, Eagleton argues, that people would not get angry over unjust social relations.

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