On Marxism: A Discussion
AbstractThe most stimulating feature of Paul Baran's two essays, "On the Nature of Marxism," (MR, October and November, 1958) lies in how contradictory they are. He has attempted to square Marxian doctrine with some of the realities of contemporary capitalism without reappraising that doctrine—in fact, all the while insisting that no revisions are needed even if events have turned out quite differently than Marx and Engels expected. His is a virtuoso performance in stating the real dilemmas and evading the same.
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