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Karl Marx Mass Market Paperback – 1978


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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Penguin (1978)
  • ASIN: B002Y21Z0Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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DAVID MCLELLAN is Professor of Political Theory at Goldsmiths College, London, UK. He has written over 20 books on Marx and Marxism, many of which have been translated into foreign languages. His most recent publications are Simone Weil: Utopian Pessimist and Unto Caesar: The Political Relevance of Christianity.

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Of all the people who have provided the intellectual justification for mass movements over history, Karl Marx is one of the most misunderstood. His ideas have been co-opted by people such as V. I. Lenin and Mao Zedong, where they used his ideas to justify a violent revolution and the oppression of millions of people. Both men led movements where millions of people were killed in order to sustain them. As a consequence of the decades-long ideological struggle between the communist and capitalist blocks, people in the capitalist block have been conditioned to consider the Marxist philosophy evil.
However, Karl Marx himself was somewhat ambiguous in his writings and there is little doubt that he would not have condoned many of the brutal actions performed in the name of his philosophy. He was a powerful thinker and his writings must also be interpreted in the climate of the times.
This short book describes many of the ideas of Marx, giving them a balanced hearing and explanation. In only 93 pages, McLellan distills down the essence of Marx and his thought, pointing out some of the best and worst aspects of his ideas. From this book, it is possible to gain a bit of a balanced perspective of Marx's ideas devoid of much of the cloud of history. This is a book that should be widely read by people in the west who automatically link Karl Marx with those who usurped his ideas as a justification for their brutal desire to gain and maintain political power.
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Of all the people who have provided the intellectual justification for mass movements over history, Karl Marx is one of the most misunderstood. His ideas have been co-opted by people such as V. I. Lenin and Mao Zedong, where they used his ideas to justify a violent revolution and the oppression of millions of people. Both men led movements where millions of people were killed in order to sustain them. As a consequence of the decades-long ideological struggle between the communist and capitalist blocks, people in the capitalist block have been conditioned to consider the Marxist philosophy evil.
However, Karl Marx himself was somewhat ambiguous in his writings and there is little doubt that he would not have condoned many of the brutal actions performed in the name of his philosophy. He was a powerful thinker and his writings must also be interpreted in the climate of the times.
This short book describes many of the ideas of Marx, giving them a balanced hearing and explanation. In only 93 pages, McLellan distills down the essence of Marx and his thought, pointing out some of the best and worst aspects of his ideas. From this book, it is possible to gain a bit of a balanced perspective of Marx's ideas devoid of much of the cloud of history. This is a book that should be widely read by people in the west who automatically link Karl Marx with those who usurped his ideas as a justification for their brutal desire to gain and maintain political power.
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