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Why Marx Was Right

Why Marx Was Right In this combative controversial book Terry Eagleton takes issue with the prejudice that Marxism is dead and done with Taking ten of the most common objections to Marxism that it leads to political t

  • Title: Why Marx Was Right
  • Author: Terry Eagleton
  • ISBN: 9780300169430
  • Page: 258
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this combative, controversial book, Terry Eagleton takes issue with the prejudice that Marxism is dead and done with Taking ten of the most common objections to Marxism that it leads to political tyranny, that it reduces everything to the economic, that it is a form of historical determinism, and so on he demonstrates in each case what a woeful travesty of Marx s own tIn this combative, controversial book, Terry Eagleton takes issue with the prejudice that Marxism is dead and done with Taking ten of the most common objections to Marxism that it leads to political tyranny, that it reduces everything to the economic, that it is a form of historical determinism, and so on he demonstrates in each case what a woeful travesty of Marx s own thought these assumptions are In a world in which capitalism has been shaken to its roots by some major crises, Why Marx Was Right is as urgent and timely as it is brave and candid Written with Eagleton s familiar wit, humour, and clarity, it will attract an audience far beyond the confines of academia.

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    1. This is a fabulous book. It’s not an apology for Marxism but rather a reinvigoration of the original philosophy of the man, a philosophy which has been unfairly maligned over the last century due mainly to the twin state-capitalist monstrosities built in its name by Stalin and Mao. There is nothing in Marx’s writing that leads one to think of state terror and closed societies, quite the contrary.In this book, Eagleton takes a different, commonly held criticism about Marxism for each chapter [...]

    2. Ever need a handy compendium to use when you were in discussions with tiresome right-wingers about how Marx and Marxism was a “Fatal Conceit” or “The Road to Serfdom”? (The quoted references are, of course, to anti-socialist tracts by F. A. Hayek.) Well, if you live in the United States, there would be plenty of individuals who would so debate you. But then again, probably not so many of you would want to. But, for those who would, Terry Eagleton has provided such a compendium. His new b [...]

    3. Thing is, Eagleton tries to have it both ways when he says that the great thing about Marxism, more than any other theoretical system, has been its practical impact on the world and its influence on historical movements, but then goes on to completely disavow the most obvious, prominent case of this; Eagleton claims that what happened in Russia last century actually had nothing to do with Marxism, Stalin wasn't really a Marxist, etc.In my view, Zizek displays superior intellectual honesty in his [...]

    4. هنگامی که کتاب «نقد و ایدئولوژی» تری ایگلتون ـ استاد بریتانیایی نظریه ادبی ـ در سال ۱۹۷۶ به چاپ رسید، جریان چپ نو در عرصه اندیشه اروپا حکمفرما بود، و مارکس به عنوان معیاری بی چون و چرا در نظر گرفته می شد. در فرانسه افرادی مانند سارتر، لوی اشتراوس خود را مارکسیست معرفی می کردند، [...]

    5. Entertaining. Never imagined I'd write that about a text on Marxism, but Eagleton writes with an urbane erudition not to be missed. Not only does he effectively dismantle many popular misconceptions about Marxism, he does so with dry but ultimately sympathetic wit. No angry revolutionary rhetoric but a great deal of wisdom and savvy that convinces the reader of several very important truths. The phrase "socialism or barbarism," is shown to be, despite the mind blowing technological advances capi [...]

    6. I have no notion why the publisher's sought to sell this perfectly reasonable book as "controversial". It is in no way shocking. It is a measured account of a very good thinker. It does contain some of Eagleton's (chiefly) decent jokes, which I always enjoyed as a student when reading his famous, and useful, companion to literary criticism. Otherwise, nothing outrageous to see here but a great synopsis for the Marxist beginner. This is a marvellous introduction to Marxist thought. I imagine it w [...]

    7. This is an Apologia for the unwitting founder of the latest but possibly not the last of the great ‘herd’ religions. The book itself is not a complete failure. If you are studying Marxism, it would be a good text that summarises the best case for it much as one might go to Tertullian or Augustine to get the best case for Early Christianity.Similarly, no babies should be thrown out with the bathwater of Communist history. Marx can be seen as analyst and as historical fantasist. As analyst, he [...]

    8. ‏هذا الكتاب يُظهر حقيقة الماركسية بذكر نقاطها الإيجابية وأسباب سقوطها، يحاول فيه الكاتب إظهار مكامن القوة والضعف في النظرية الماركسية وكيف أن هذه النظرية كانت نظرية طوباوية أقرب للخيال من التطبيق بسبب محاربتها لطبع بشري متجذّر الا وهو حب التملّك

    9. Excelente libro que refuta las principales objeciones al Marxismo. En verdad, más que objeciones, son prejuicios y opiniones basadas en la ignorancia, por eso el trabajo de Eagleton no solo sirve para derribar esos prejuicios, sino que tambien como una buena introducción al marxismo, desde lo económico, filosófico y político.

    10. 3.5 stars. The author shows his knowledge on Marxism and he answers a number of frequently asked questions concerning Marxism in the 21st century societies, he gives out understandable, reasonable explanation as much as he can. However, despite the author's reader-friendly and humorous tone, Marxism is complicated, it's still difficult to understand (you have to have basic knowledge about the topics to understand this book) and sometime the author sounds a bit too smug and sure of himself (I'm n [...]

    11. Why Marx Was Right by Terry Eagleton seems to me to be a good candidate for required reading for all high school students-as well as people my age looking for a good introduction to Marx. It doesn't hurt to be a little left of center but it's not a prereq. Well-written, well-reasoned, the book is a welcome introduction to an important figure by an excellent writer. Eagleton is not rabid on his subject and is able to see flaws in his subject. And while this book won't tell someone all they need t [...]

    12. The title grabbed me, and it was well-worth the read. Great writing, and surprisingly, not at all dogmatic or shrill. You didn't get an impassioned, furious defense of Marxism against our capitalist overlords. Instead, Eagleton simply talks you through how Marx himself is grossly misunderstood and misconstrued in most popular criticisms. And he doesn't place Marx above reproach; Eagleton is perfectly willing to disagree with him.Interesting, readable, and balanced, at least for a book of this ti [...]

    13. كنا هناك مقولة شائعة "أن ماركس ليس ماركسياً" بمعنى أن هناك الكثير من التقاطعات بين كارل ماركس والماركسية الحزبية المتأثرة بستالين وماو تسي تونغفي هذا الكتاب يستعرض المؤلف عشرة اشكاليات أو مفاهيم مغلوطة حول ماركس محاولاً توضح وجهة نظر ماركس من خلال كتاباتههل نجح؟ حسب فهمي ال [...]

    14. The most refreshing and legitimately optimistic book I’ve probably ever read. Eagleton deftly rescues Marx from the dustbin to which right-wingers, postmodernists, silly liberals and capitalist triumphalists have consigned him. And he does it in such a chummy, cant-free style, while thoroughly answering one attack after another, that it’s like the lamplight from a cottage window on a foggy night. While this will always be contentious, he makes a strong case for the fallacy of blaming Marx’ [...]

    15. Nearly finished with it. Eagleton has a wonderfully impish wit. Quite delightful. Yes, I know that as a Catholic I cannot be a Marxist. Specifically, this means that I cannot accept the Marxist attempt to build a heaven on earth, but that does not prevent me from accepting the Marxian critique of capitalism. Chesterton did. Now I know that a person like Jeri would say that Chesterton did not know much about economics. To that I would say that a person like Jeri who thinks Bush der Zweite was a g [...]

    16. This book is structured as a point by point refutation to some of the major criticisms of Karl Marx, such as apparent disappearance of "labor class" in Post-Industrial Technocrat society, supposed animus between Socialists and the State, Marx's views on revolution and violence, Marx's deterministic view of history and social change etc. This is a great read for the uninitiated , and I've personally found the arguments compelling.

    17. A refutation of the various criticisms of Marx's work. This is great for those who want to be able to highlight differences between Marx's theories and the negative ways the leaders of various communist countries act.And easy read for such a difficult topic, written in an entertaining style.

    18. I have qualms about certain parts of this book - as a staunch opponent of Mao and Stalin, as someone who thinks anyone trying to rehabilitate them is a dipshit and enemy of the working class, I still think Eagleton goes to far in describing them as mass murderers. There are also times where he will accept a critique of Marxism as valid without mounting a defense against it - at the end of the third chapter, he ponders that socialism could have been achieved had history happened differently, as i [...]

    19. I read this when I was first getting into Marxism, and it made an excellent introduction to how to think about Marx's thought today, with all that has passed under the bridge since the 19th century. It's also a written answer to a lot of the anti-communist lines which have become repeated to the point of becoming hackneyed long ago - "human nature", "good in theory but not in practice", "outdated", etc. - and that in itself makes it refreshing to the beginner who's just starting to learn about M [...]

    20. "I am out to present Marx's ideas not as perfect but as plausible. To demonstrate this, I take in this book ten of the most standard criticisms of Marx, in no particular order of importance, and try to refute them one by one."I found these counterarguments mostly convincing and undeniably thought-provoking. "Eh, Chris", you might wonder "wasn't Eagleton preaching to the choir though, sort of, in your case?"Yes, but that wouldn't stop me from questioning his claims. I also wouldn't stubbornly res [...]

    21. Was Marx right? I don't know, but Eagleton makes a good case for him being anything but discredited and irrelevant 20 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Eagleton's explication of Marx's voluminous writings reveals a complex and compelling thinker who bears little resemblance to the bloodless "from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs" caricature we learned about in high school.I found "Why Marx Was Right" more edifying than enjoyable because it is patently d [...]

    22. As unfashionable as Marxism is these days, Terry Eagleton believes that the events of our time make a strong case for it. Why Marx Was Right is an argument on two fronts, one being that Karl Marx never advocated for much of what was attributed to him, and the other that what Karl Marx actually proposed is very appropriate for our age.When I read the book, I was open to giving Marxism a fair hearing, as I wonder if the technological developments and "post-scarcity" world of our time call for a ne [...]

    23. Es indudable que la imagen que tenemos de todos los personajes históricos está condicionada por las lecturas que otros han hecho de las vidas o trabajos de aquellos, véase el Cid Campeador como ejemplo en nuestra historia. Se manipula, corta, pega y colorea y voilá, aquí tiene un personaje personalizado (valga la redundancia), según sus requerimientos: santificado, hecho un héroe nacional, maldito. Es posible que esto también aplique a periodos enteros de la historia. La conclusión que [...]

    24. Another flabby book with shallow and unconvincing arguments that attempts to show communism in better light. The only communism we know is the one which was represented in the history; there is no some kind of "misunderstood, not-yet-happened communism". Even if it could have happen differently, the true definition of communism is that it is the ideology of weaklings (Weaklings of the world, unite!)(Revenge of the nerds!). I will always be against that. The only reason why I gave 2 stars for thi [...]

    25. WHY MARX WAS RIGHT by Terry Eagleton reminded me of reading Albert Camus’ famous anti-death-penalty essay, “Reflections on the Guillotine,” in that both take their opponents’ best arguments and systematically dismantle them. It’s an uncompromising defense of Marx’s theories and an insightful look at how he as been so wrongfully maligned over the past century. It’s also a relevant read offering a way out of the seemingly dead-end, destructive state of capitalism that we find ourselv [...]

    26. An easy and entertaining read, even for those not familiar with Karl Marx's work. This is actually a Marxist's view on Marxism, so expect it to be a bit biased. If you are looking for a simple and well-written approach, do read this, especially, if Gramsci and Adorno are not your average fun read!

    27. من أفضل الكتب التى قرأتها عن الماركسية ونقد الماركسية

    28. Una gran porta d'entrada a Marx. Eagleton traça una refutació impecable i molt didàctica a les més habituals crítiques que se li fan al marxisme. Queda clar que mentre el capitalisme cuegi, el marxisme mai serà anacrònic. Sense dogmatismes, l'autor britànic planta cara als embats de la postmodernitat i el liberalisme i marca el camí, no per arribar al cel, sinó per fugir de l'infern.

    29. Didn't the twentieth century show Marxism to be a deeply flawed dream? Eagleton doesn't think so and expends a good deal of rhetoric and wit to demonstrate that many popular perceptions of Marxism are just plain wrong. Along the way he makes many claims that will surprise the casual student of political theory such as that Marx was a champion of individual rights, hated overbearing states and loved his Aristotle. Ultimately though the format of the book betrays Eagleton. Since each chapter attem [...]

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