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Marxism And Politics

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  4 reviews
This readable survey of Marxist political theory and key texts by seminal thinkers including Marx, Engels, and Lenin highlights formative concepts and debates within Marxist thought. The argument is presented that a democratic socialism can defend and extend freedoms and thereby remove class distinctions. This introduction considers the nature of class conflict, the ...more
Published February 16th 1978 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published December 1st 1977)
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Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
this book is fantastic. Miliband is GOAT
Daniel Cheng
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ralph Miliband’s main goal in Marxism and Politics is to string together a theory of politics from the writings of Marx, Engels, and Lenin. While the text occasionally reads like a lit review and is not a comprehensive theory, the book is nonetheless impressive in how it compiles the scattered writings of all of these authors in order to produce a number of coherent theses on Marxist politics.

Probably most interesting here is his view of the state. Marxism is notoriously weak at theorizing the
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, politics
An interesting and engaging read. It flows naturally, more so than other books similar that I have read. There doesn't seem to be much in the way of a conclusion, but as I prefer to be presented with arguments and think about them critically on my own anyway this suited me. ANOTHER POINT TO THE MILIFANDOM TBH
Sean Estelle
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this! Clear, relatively accessible language, a set amount of topics to cover rather than trying to survey the totality of Marxist politics, and a rigorous insistence on being grounded in reality rather than “being led astray by sloganeering”. Highly recommend for anyone grappling with questions of the state and how to build an organization that can represent the working class.
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