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Marxism without Marx: a note towards a critique

Freeman, Alan (2009): Marxism without Marx: a note towards a critique. Published in: Capital and Class , Vol. 34, (February 2010): pp. 84-97.

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This is a pre-publication version of the article that was published in Capital and Class in February 2010. It should be cited as Freeman, A (2010) ‘Marxism without Marx: a note towards a critique’. Capital & Class February 2010 vol. 34 no. 1 84-97.

The most severe economic crisis since 1929 has produced a level of intellectual disarray probably not seen since 1968. In one crucial respect, the climate is different: Marxism’s intellectual impact is negligible. The culprit is not Marx but ‘Marxism without Marx’—a systematic attempt to divorce his conclusions from his economic theory. The demise of western Marxism marks the failure of this project. This note signals a first attempt to assess Marx’s real relevance to the crisis of 2008.

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