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Twilight of Capitalism

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Paperback, 446 pages
Published March 1st 1977 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1976)
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Adam Ross
May 23, 2016 Adam Ross rated it really liked it
Harrington rethinks Marxism and Karl Marx in this book, published in the late 1970s at the end of the Cold War. In the first half of the book, he re-examines Marx and finds that pretty much no one, not even Marxists, not even Engels, correctly understood Marx. He then undertakes the task of undoing what he calls the "vulgar Marx," the Marx of stereotype and distortion. He does so quite ably, showing that Marxism is an "open" critique of all ideology, not an ideology itself; Marx did not reduce ...more
Malcolm
Aug 22, 2012 Malcolm rated it liked it
Michael Harrington was a sharp, ecclectic and generous thinker and writer - a socialist who managed to be an activist but avoid many of the traps of a Leninist model of the vanguard party leading the struggle on behalf of the ignorant masses. This book has certainly aged, with its focus on the US crisis of the mid 1970s - but if step past those details there is a huge amount of good material here of the kind the Left needs to work with in the current time; there are, of course, nearly 40 years ...more
Paul
Apr 02, 2014 Paul rated it it was amazing
"Rosa Luxemburg wrote that we often think we’ve moved beyond Marx when in fact we’re not even ready for him. Half of Harrington’s book is devoted to a superb clarification of post-modern Marxism..."

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Edward Michael Harrington was an American democratic socialist, writer, political activist, professor of political science, and radio commentator.

Early life

Harrington was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended St. Louis University High School, College of the Holy Cross, University of Chicago (MA in English Literature), and Yale Law School. As a young man, he was interested in both leftwing polit
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