Why Marxism?

Authors

  • Daniel Singer

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-049-06-1997-10_1

Keywords:

Marxism

Abstract

Just before I left Paris I got a book from Michael Lowy with a new preface and a quotation I want to share with you. It said "Marx is definitely dead for humankind." Come on Daniel, you will object, did you have to travel all the way to give us that tripe we can get here for a penny a dozen! But it's not your tripe. It comes from Italy. It is by Benedetto Croce from 1907 and it's exactly ninety years old. I have quoted it to remind you that grave-diggers of Marx—the new philosophers, the Fukuyamas—have plenty of ancestors and will have plenty of successors and it's not worth while spending much time refuting their paid or unpaid funeral orations. The one point I want to mention is the coincidence between the recent revival of such requiems and the fall of the Soviet Union.

Published

1997-11-01

Issue

Section

Review of the Month