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Marx's Theory of Ideology Hardcover – January 1, 1982

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press (January 1, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080182771X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801827716
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,793,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bruce P. Barten on January 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Taking a philosophical view of Marx is a matter of disdain for a society that has become so familiar with a mountain of money that all the bisexual poets dreaming of Babylon don't recall that real money has already been spent. In this book, a chapter on Hegel follows a chapter on "Base and Vulgar Writers." Considering "Classical Political Economy" as a form of marginal thinking in which everybody runs for their life in a rat race that will see you dead if you are caught with another man so obviously lost track of where I am when it comes to "The Forms of Ideological and Critical Thought." Having a "Proletarian Point of View" is the problem, not the solution, for people who don't want to reflect on "Marx's Theory of Truth." I like the chapter titles.

Marx is considered an intellectual explorer. Reading about intellectuals is like dying of monophobia in a society of people who only get together to have a good time. The index is only two pages and does not have entries for romantic irony or jokes. Justice is listed for five pages and is probably not mentioned again after the chapter on Base and Vulgar Writers. To take a trite example from that chapter:

The ideologist of a social order
may try to neutralize the class conflicts
by the moralistic exhortations to
love the country,
trust and obey the authority,
put the national before the personal interest
and the like. . . .
is easily seen through if,
as is often the case,
the dominant class itself
appears to put its own interest
above the nation's. (p. 57).
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