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date: 28 November 2021

p. 8810. Was Marx right?locked

p. 8810. Was Marx right?locked

  • Peter Singer

Abstract

Many of Marx’s predictions have been proven wrong. If Marx did not make scientific discoveries about economics and society, what did he get right? ‘Was Marx right?’ suggests it is better to think of Marx as a philosopher than as a scientist. As a philosopher, Marx’s work endures, altering our understanding of our history and our social existence, and deepening our grasp of what it is to be free. Marx saw that capitalism is a wasteful, irrational system that controls us when we should be controlling it. That insight is still valid, but we can now see that the construction of a free and equal society is a far more difficult task than Marx realized.

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