Can anyone recommend a good introduction to Marxism?
June 24, 2011 3:06 AM Subscribe
Can anyone recommend any good introductions to Marxism? More and more, as I get older, I find that the socialist view of the world as a set of competing classes, with one class exploiting the others, makes more and more sense. It also seems increasingly clear to me that this is going on at the moment. However, I am still quite new to Marxism and a little put off by and daunted by Das Kapital...
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Also, I want to find out about Marxism since Marx, as well as Marx himself.
So, can anyone recommend a good introduction to Marxism? Especially one that uses contemporary examples, or engages - fairly - with the modern criticisms of Marx?
Please note: I have already read Francis Wheen's biography of Marx and the Communist Manifesto. I also have a copy of Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States and Chris Harman's A People's History of the World (although for some reason I keep not getting around to reading them...) So please don't recommend those.
I have heard of Terry Eagleton's Why Marx was Right, but past work by Eagleton has not impressed me much, so I am hesitant. Is it any good?
Oh, and I am not particularly interested in hearing about critiques of Marxism.