The Need for a Radical Alternative: An Interview with István Mészáros

  • Elias Kanellis
  • István Mészáros
Keywords: Marxism, Movements


1. From the modern vision, the great revolutions, the anti-Nazi war, to the collapse of socialism in East Europe and to the sovereignty of the market, what do you think about the twentieth century—the "century of extremes" as Hobsbawm calls it? I am very glad you asked this question, because the issues raised in it have far-reaching implications. First, the revolutions. They are best compared to monumental earthquakes. The mountain ranges they bring to the surface cannot be undone and pushed back into the earth's belly.