Crisis of Marxism? Part II, On the Nature of Marxism

  • Paul A. Baran
Keywords: Marxism


In the last issue of Monthly Review I discussed some aspects of capitalist development which are at variance with the expectations that could be derived from what is usually considered to be Marxian doctrine. I suggested at the same time that this conflict is only apparent and is due to a serious misconception of the nature of Marxism. It is the purpose of this article to pursue this theme somewhat further and to try to place the present condition of Marxism in what would seem to me a more proper perspective-leaving aside for the time being the most important task of exploring the complex historical process which gave rise to the dominant interpretation of Marxian thought.