In the translation I've found of Xi Jinping's speech at the recent military parade, he says: "War is the sword of Damocles that still hangs over mankind." Does he refer to the Damocles myth in the original Chinese or is an equivalent Chinese reference transposed into Western culture? If he does refer to the actual sword of Damocles, is it a common reference in China? And if so, did it enter common Chinese parlance through the writings of Marx?
What has happened in recent history that has upended Marxist philosophy? [more inside]
I am interested in critical theoretical and marxist spatial theory, please recommend me some books that provide a good overview or introduction to this area! Thanks!
Is there a "post-industrial Marx"? [more inside]
Is there a form of socialism that agrees with me or have I simply been brainwashed into accepting capitalist structures as natural? [more inside]
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... [more inside]
Hi there Marxists, or psychologists, or Jungians, or what have you. My book club recently voted to read The Undiscovered Self by Carl Jung. One member quit, insisting that she couldn't read Jung because she was a Marxist. Why? [more inside]
I follow politics and current events, especially international politics, fanatically. I know next to nothing about economic systems, philosophy (particularly political philosophy), sociology, and other basics of social science that could be useful when trying to make sense of the world, though. I would like to change this. [more inside]
Are there any Marxist economics programs in the United States? [more inside]
My understanding of economic history is rather poor. I couldn't even substantiate my primitive views of how the industrial first world's economy is structured, much less hold any views of how the economics of past communities were structured. So it's rather obvious that I would want to remedy this. [more inside]
Is anyone aware of the specific elements of The German Ideology that the later Marx is said to have disavowed or been unproud of? I understand that Marx's economic understanding was developed far beyond what it was at the time of this writing due to his research on the matter, but I'm concerned about if Marx came to feel any different on the historical materialism expressed within his earlier works? I could've sworn I had saw one reference that reflected how Marx felt about his early work (specifically, The German Ideology) but I can't find it now, and I know that I couldn't trace that observation into any sort of specific elements that Marx came to disavow.
I'm reading Marx's "Capital" Vol. I and I'm looking for a "Dummy's Guide" to his economic theories. [more inside]
Help me find the name of this "Marxist Sceptic" thinker. I remember reading on aldaily.com within the last few months about a Marxist thinker who essentially came to the conclusion that though desirable, no socialist system of government would exist in the immediate future. I'm not sure if it was an obituary or something else.
According to some sources, Marx argued that the mechanism of social change was the contradiction between the material forces of production and the relations of production, whilst elsewhere it is argued that Marx saw social change as arising from the conflicting interests of different social classes. My question is, assuming that Marx stated that both of these contradictions brought about social change, what is the relationship between class conflict and the conflict between relations and forces of production?
what are the modern or post-modern approaches to historical analysis? [more inside]
Enlisting Armchair Economists: Help me find articles on a variety of economic topics. [more inside]
Help me find a brief quote by Karl Marx suitable for use on a holiday ornament! Extra points for being commodities-fetish related! [more inside]
Was there a song with lyrics that rhymed 'Marx and Lenin' with 'stonewashed denim'? If I'm not imagining it, the song would probably date from the late '80s or early '90s. I'm thinking the band/singer was British, and was likely to have fallen somewhere under the alternative / indie umbrella. [more inside]
I'm trying to wrap my head around Marx's conception of Capitalist economic crises. He claims that these crises emerge every 7 years, and are caused by "the epidemic of overproduction." Is there any historical justification for this? (Especially in the modern era?)
I've got a term paper to write on Arendt, Marx, and general communism and am seeking secondary sources and other theorists. If you can help, please step inside. [more inside]
Marxism Filter: Sure, Socialism was the phase before Communism (state monopoly of the means of production right before the proles took over the same). But where in Marx's writings does he talk about this? [more inside]
I am taking a look at two Marx texts, Capital (V: I) and his Eighteenth Brumaire of Napoleon, which are the best translations? I know there are a few problematic translations with the latter.
Bookfilter: Recommend a good book on Leon Trotsky and Trotskyism. [more inside]
MarxFilter: Trouble understanding the concept of "alienation of labor" in the Manuscripts of 1844. Can anyone explain to me exactly what he means? [more inside]