Marx Today Selected Works and Recent Debates

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This book provides, in one volume, primary sources by Marx and critical commentary which relates Marxism to contemporary social and political topics. It includes six brief works by Marx and ten articles by scholars sympathetic to but critical of Marxism. For example, the author includes the classic essay by Heidi Hartmann which criticizes Marxism for misunderstanding gender oppression, "The Unhappy Marriage of Marxism and Feminism." No previous anthology of Marx has combined both brief works by Marx and multiple critical essays elaborating on his themes or engaging the shortcomings of his arguments.

Author Biography

John Sitton is Professor of Political Science at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
The Historical Origins of Capitalismp. 3
The Hidden Dynamic of Capitalismp. 3
The Political Trajectory of Capitalismp. 10
Problems with Marx's Theoryp. 13
Marxism and Contemporary Capitalismp. 22
Conclusionp. 35
p. 35
Manifesto of the Communist Partyp. 37
Preface to the 1888 English Edition of the Manifesto of the Communist Partyp. 39
Bourgeois and Proletariansp. 43
Proletarians and Communistsp. 51
Socialist and Communist Literaturep. 57
Position of the Communists in Relation to the Various Existing Opposition Partiesp. 63
"Speech on Free Trade," with Engels's Preface of 1888p. 65
Protection and Free Trade Preface to the Pamphlet: Karl Marx, Speech on the Question of Free Tradep. 67
Speech on the Question of Free Trade Delivered to the Democratic Association of Brussels at Its Public Meeting of January 9, 1848p. 79
"Preface" to A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economyp. 89
A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economyp. 91
Value, Price and Profitp. 95
Marx to Engels in Manchesterp. 97
[Value, Price and Profit]p. 99
[Wages and Prices]p. 100
[Value and Labour]p. 102
Labouring Powerp. 107
Production of Surplus-Valuep. 109
Value of Labourp. 110
Profit is Made by Selling A Commodity at its Valuep. 111
The Different Parts into which Surplus-Value is Decomposedp. 112
General Relation of Profits, Wages and Pricesp. 114
Main Cases of Attempts at Raising Wages or Resisting Their Fallp. 115
The Struggle between Capital and Labour and Its Resultsp. 119
Selection from The Civil War in Francep. 123
Introduction [To Karl Marx's The Civil War In France]p. 125
The Civil War In Francep. 135
IIIp. 135
Critique of the Gotha Programmep. 145
Marginal Notes On The Programme Of The German Workers' Party [Critique Of The Gotha Programme]p. 150
p. 150
p. 157
p. 158
p. 159
Sources of Included Worksp. 163
p. 165
Introductionp. 167
Recent Marxian Debatesp. 167
Notes on Authors of Articlesp. 168
Why Socialism?p. 171
Where Do Postmodernists Come From?p. 177
Monopoly-Finance Capital and the Paradox of Accumulationp. 185
Stages of Accumulationp. 187
Monopoly-Finance Capital and the Crisisp. 192
The System's No-Exit Strategyp. 197
The Unhappy Marriage of Marxism and Feminism: Towards a More Progressive Unionp. 201
Marxism and the Woman Questionp. 202
Radical Feminism and Patriarchyp. 209
The Partnership of Patriarchy and Capitalp. 213
Toward a More Progressive Unionp. 220
Marx and the Environmentp. 229
Revolutionizing Spirituality: Reflections on Marxism and Religionp. 241
Suggested Further Readingp. 257
Indexp. 259
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