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Capital(ism), the Progenitor of Socialism

After clarifying the question of “socialism” in Marx’s understanding, this paper draws from “Capital”—Marx’s economic writings in the period 1857–81, including manuscripts in different notebooks and his correspondence with different people—to throw light on his argument concerning the genesis of socialist society from the contradictions of the existing one. 

This paper was presented to the International Marx Conference at Toronto’s York University (24–26 May 2017) on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the publication of Capital. 

This paper is part of a much larger project whose subject is “Socialism in Marx’s Capital,” being written to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Marx’s great work. “Capital” here refers to all of Marx’s economic writings in the period 1857–81. In other words, the material for our work is drawn from all of Marx’s economic writings, including the manuscripts in his different notebooks as well as the relevant correspondence he had maintained with different people during almost a quarter century. The present paper is of course a short work which concerns the genesis of the socialist society out of the contradictions of the existing one, where some of the relevant texts are presented.

On the Question of Socialism

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Updated On : 15th Sep, 2017
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