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Critique of the Gotha Program

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  334 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Socialist essay.
Paperback, 64 pages
Published March 30th 2008 by Wildside Press (first published 1875)
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Operaista
Jul 03, 2012 Operaista rated it it was amazing
Read it at " http://marxists.org/archive/marx/work... " which is just the critique itself (and a brief introduction by Engels).

Some key points: I don't think this is an endorsement of "labor vouchers", but rather Marx pointing out that the new society is going to be stamped with the marks of the old, and that any sort of voucher is founded in capitalism and is a bourgeois right; but also it demolishes the idea that contributions are even measurable beyond labor time. I think Lenin's turning of t
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C
Mar 14, 2012 C rated it it was amazing
This book is extremely short. Only 23 pages are written by Marx, about 20 more are letters from Marx and Engel’s to readers who didn’t understand the first 23 pages (They aren’t difficult to understand…), and the rest is excerpts from Lenin’s State and Revolution. Also, it’s one of the only books where Marx, somewhat, outlines what Communism ought to look like. In the 50 volumes of his writing, only a handful of pages are devoted to what Communism ought to look like, and this book alone must tak ...more
Carlos
Jan 01, 2014 Carlos rated it it was amazing
Valoro este libro no tanto por su significación como desde la admiración por la capacidad de razonamiento de Marx. Es su día leí El Capital, del que no puedo presumir haber entendido mucho, la verdad sea dicha. Sin embargo, me quedó la sensación de que Marx es un injustamente malinterpretado por propios y extraños.

La Crítica del Programa Gotha me reafirma en esa impresión. En él, Marx critica el desarrollo del manifiesto del programa Gotha planteado y discutido en el congreso de Halle, amenazado
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Pablo
Oct 02, 2016 Pablo rated it really liked it
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En un poco menos de 30 páginas, Karl Marx crítica severamente el programa de Gotha, perteneciente al recien nacido Partido Socialista Alemán.
Este pequeño escrito (no alcanza para libro) es de una importancia vital en la obra de Marx, es bastante tardio, por lo que su pensamiento ya esta completamente desarrollado. Pero mucho más relevante: es de los pocos escritos en los cuales se refiere a medidas concretas del paso del Estado Burgues al Socialismo. Pone mucho énfasis en que el Estado debe esta
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Alex
Apr 20, 2017 Alex rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: No one, read Mises
Pedantic critique of the theories of Lassalle, as put forth in the Gotha Program. When I say pedantic, I mean it. At one point, Marx points out that in the sentence:
Promotion of the instruments of labour to the common property
"Promotion" should actually be "conversion". Why that is important, I don't know. The meaning of the sentence proposed by Marx is almost completely congruent with the one included in the Gotha Program. It's not much fun to read corrections on little errors that an author m
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theokaraman
Dec 06, 2015 theokaraman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lassalle, Kautsky, Poulantzas, it is, more or less, the same story since the 1870s.

Marx hates the bourgeois state. For him, it is clearly a servant of the capitalist society, and as a structure cannot be reformed, let alone, used a tool for eradicating social injustice. In the long run it must be destroyed. Any concessions that the working class gains from that state (such as free education) are only a truce, small victories that lift the spirit and strenghten class union, not a road to sociali
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Karl Hallbjörnsson
Oct 30, 2016 Karl Hallbjörnsson rated it liked it
Been reading more Marx recently in tandem with my commencement of studying Hegel. This is a short text but an illuminating one nonetheless for those who've been wondering about Marx's conception of value, labour and the "coming" communist society. Personally, it didn't reveal much I hadn't known already, since I got the same general feeling from his Capital. It wasn't surprising, then, to see him criticize the things he did here. But it was reassuring in that it confirmed that my interpretation ...more
Dan Richter
May 07, 2015 Dan Richter rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politik
Die Kritikastereien an einzelnen Formulierungen wirken heute fast banal.
Die politisch folgenreichste Passage ist der Abschnitt zur Diktatur des Proletariats. Diese Stelle hat ungeheure Konsequenzen gehabt. Die radikale russische Revolution vom Oktober/November 1917 und die anschließende Diktatur waren Vorlage für die Regime in Osteuropa, China, Nordkorea, Kambodscha usw. Letztlich war indirekt auch Mussolini vom radikalen Marxismus beeinflusst, welcher wiederum...
Ein fataler Text.
Hakan Dilmen
Aug 30, 2012 Hakan Dilmen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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oh marx, you are so whacky and sweet
Bastián Olea H.
Nov 12, 2016 Bastián Olea H. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Breve aplicación del pensamiento de Marx a la crítica de un descuidado proyecto socialista. Más corto que el Manifiesto, y quizás más esclarecedor o explícito en algunos puntos.
Jordan
Feb 03, 2017 Jordan rated it it was amazing
Very fascinating look into Marx's critique of political economy. Certainly some good points made, a marvelous work.
nicki
Jun 01, 2015 nicki rated it really liked it
Thought some of the capitalist critiques were very important here and intriguing to the communist narrative.
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In 1818, Karl Marx, descended from a long line of rabbis, was born in Prussian Rhineland. Marx's' father converted to Protestantism shortly before Karl's birth. Educated at the Universities of Bonn, Jena, and Berlin, Marx founded the Socialist newspaper Vorwarts in 1844 in Paris. After being expelled from France at the urging of the Prussian government, which "banished" Marx in absentia, Marx stud ...more
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