Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Marx and Human Nature.

ELIZABETH TERZAKIS writes in the International Socialist Review about Marx's conception of human nature.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Tony Blair asks : Marx: does he still matter?

"In a letter to former Labour leader Michael Foot, written in 1982 and published yesterday, Tony Blair reveals that reading Karl Marx 'irreversibly altered' his outlook. He even agreed with Tony Benn that Labour's right-wing was politically bankrupt. "

He then goes on to claim that Marxism tries to answer "all the questions" for you.

Nine commentators - including Mr Benn - whether Marxism still has anything to offer today."


Sunday, June 11, 2006

Marx as the sunny optimist of Modernism,

Open Democracy's article suggests Francis Fukuyama "is caught between the triumphalism of Kant, Hegel, and Marx, and the despair of Nietzsche, Heidegger and Kojève."

Marx is viewed as a "sunny rationalist" who embraces modern man's quest to end superstition and replace the "shameful" past of tribalism with a "universal Empire of Reason."

In contrast to Marx, Alexander Kojève "imagined that a cold and arid rationality would take over the globe and that as a result, everything wild, irrational and unpredictable would disappear from it."

Alexander Kojève was heavily influenced by Hegel and Marx.