Marxism and Democratic Theory

Marxism and Democratic Theory

Marxist presence in Anglo-American political theory has grown in the last decade. Marxists have obtained prestigious positions at major universities and had their books issued by influential publishers. On some accounts, there is nothing good in this story—from the left, it means the depoliticizing of Marx; from the right, a threat to our children’s education.

If all that had appeared were a technically impressive restatement of orthodox Marxism, the subject would be of no interest and Allan Bloom or William Bennett would have little to worry about. Instead, as Marxism has become more legitimate, its orthodoxies have decayed. The promise of this logic (not the first time for such a cycle) is a fruitful convergence among Marxist, democratic, and liberal theories con- cerned with a democratic politics in advanced industrial societies.

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Wurgraft | University of California Press Lima