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Did Chinese President Xi Jinping refer to "sword of Damocles" in speech?

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?
posted by Kattullus on Sep 20, 2015 - 3 answers

What did Marx not foresee?

What has happened in recent history that has upended Marxist philosophy? [more inside]
posted by Triumphant Muzak on Jul 18, 2014 - 20 answers

Recommend me books on critical / (post) marxist spatial theory

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!
posted by FuckingAwesome on Jan 17, 2013 - 6 answers

Is there a "post-industrial Marx"?

Is there a "post-industrial Marx"? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Sep 27, 2012 - 10 answers

Legitimate political theory or a case of "some animals are more equal than others?"

Is there a form of socialism that agrees with me or have I simply been brainwashed into accepting capitalist structures as natural? [more inside]
posted by asnider on Jul 18, 2012 - 29 answers

Can anyone recommend a good introduction to Marxism?

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]
posted by lucien_reeve on Jun 24, 2011 - 22 answers

Marxists: What exactly is wrong with Carl Jung?

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]
posted by kensington314 on Jun 7, 2011 - 10 answers

Help me understand the way the world works!

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]
posted by dcheeno on Apr 13, 2011 - 25 answers

Specifically Marxist Macroeconomics Graduate Programs in the US?

Are there any Marxist economics programs in the United States? [more inside]
posted by willie11 on Mar 6, 2011 - 8 answers

Economic History beginning with the Ancient and Feudal

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]
posted by SollosQ on Dec 18, 2010 - 10 answers

Did Marx come to disavow aspects his earlier writings, i.e. The German Ideology?

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.
posted by SollosQ on Nov 12, 2010 - 3 answers

Marx - Labor Theory of Value

I'm reading Marx's "Capital" Vol. I and I'm looking for a "Dummy's Guide" to his economic theories. [more inside]
posted by facetious on Sep 11, 2010 - 14 answers

Help me find this "skeptic Marxist"

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.
posted by atrazine on Aug 20, 2010 - 3 answers

Question re: Marx's theory of historical materialism?

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?
posted by FuckingAwesome on Mar 28, 2010 - 5 answers

new approach to historical analysis?

what are the modern or post-modern approaches to historical analysis? [more inside]
posted by TMezz on Mar 24, 2010 - 6 answers

You too can help prevent brainwashing!

Enlisting Armchair Economists: Help me find articles on a variety of economic topics. [more inside]
posted by ropeladder on Jan 14, 2010 - 13 answers

what hat does chico marx wear?

What hat does Chico Marx wear? Is it an Alpine Hat? A phrygian cap?
posted by rebent on Jan 1, 2010 - 14 answers

Make this a very merry Marxmas

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]
posted by luazinha on Dec 17, 2009 - 14 answers

... Marx & Lenin ... stonewashed denim?

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]
posted by misteraitch on May 4, 2009 - 4 answers

Explain Marx's conception of economic crises.

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?)
posted by matkline on Feb 4, 2009 - 20 answers

Political Theory: Marx, Arendt and ? Need secondary sources and fellow travelers.

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]
posted by caitlinb on Nov 11, 2008 - 9 answers

Mefites of the World, Unite!

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]
posted by jak68 on May 21, 2008 - 10 answers

Which Marx translations are 'canonical?'

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.
posted by christopherbdnk on Apr 17, 2008 - 1 answer

Help Me Before the Revolution Commences. . .

Bookfilter: Recommend a good book on Leon Trotsky and Trotskyism. [more inside]
posted by boubelium on Jul 10, 2007 - 6 answers

Marx for dummies.

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]
posted by lovejones on Feb 13, 2006 - 9 answers

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