Assesses accuracy & relevance of Marx's views on history, economics, class conflict in both his own time & late 20th Cent. No footnotes.
This paper will attempt to assess whether Marx’s arguments for a dictatorship of the proletariat in the Communist Manifesto were faulty or not. In... more
This paper will attempt to assess whether Marx’s arguments for a dictatorship of the proletariat in the Communist Manifesto were faulty or not. In attempting for some historical balance, the paper will consider his arguments in light of what was known in his time, not just in terms of modern “20-20 hindsight.”
Now that the Soviet Union has collapsed, and the specter of Communism is no longer haunting Europe and the world, it is possible to have a more sober look at socialism in general and at Marx’s ideas. One could hardly have known, or said out loud, during the worst of the Cold War, that Marx was one of the great founders of modern social science, but that is the almost universal opinion of modern scholars, e.g., the cultural historian Leslie White. This had to do not with his particular historical conclusions, but with his methods for analyzing the cause