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This is reflected in the thirst for Marxist theory at the present time. In this article, Alan Woods deals with the main ideas of Karl Marx and their relevance to the crisis we're passing through today.
It is years since the death of Karl Marx. But why should we commemorate a man who died in ? In the early s the then Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson declared that we must not look for solutions in Highgate cemetery.
And who can disagree with that? In the aforementioned cemetery one can only find old bones and dust and a rather ugly stone monument. However, when we speak of the relevance of Karl Marx today we refer not to cemeteries but to ideas—ideas that have withstood the test of time and have now emerged triumphant, as even some of the enemies of Marxism have been reluctantly forced to accept.
The economic collapse of showed who was outdated, and it was certainly not Karl Marx. They were supposed to be ideas of the 19th century, and those who defended them were dismissed as hopeless dogmatists.
But it now turns out that it is the ideas of the defenders of capitalism that must be consigned to the rubbish bin of history, while Marx has been completely vindicated. After the crash of he was forced to eat his words. The crisis of the euro shows that the bourgeoisie has no idea how to solve the problems of Greece, Spain and Italy which in turn threaten the future of the European common currency and even the EU itself.
This can easily be the catalyst for a new collapse on a world scale, which will be even deeper than the crisis of Even some bourgeois economists are being forced to accept what is becoming increasingly evident: The thing about the present crisis was that it was not supposed to happen.
Had the fall of the Soviet Union not finally demonstrated the failure of communism? Had history not finally ended with the triumph of capitalism as the only possible socio-economic system?
But in the space of 20 years not a long period in the annals of human society the wheel of history has turned degrees.
Now the erstwhile critics of Marx and Marxism are singing a very different tune.
All of a sudden, the economic theories of Karl Marx are being taken very seriously indeed. Second Thoughts In Julyafter the start of the recession The Economist held a seminar in London to discuss the question: What is wrong with Economics?
This revealed that for a growing number of economists mainstream theory has no relevance. Nobel Prize winner, Paul Krugman made an astonishing admission. Now that events have knocked just a little sense into the heads of at least some bourgeois thinkers, we are seeing all kinds of articles that grudgingly recognise that Marx was right after all.
Das Kapital is now a best seller in Germany. In Japan it has been published in a manga version. George Magnus, a senior economic analyst at UBS bank, wrote an article with the intriguing title:Wal-Mart can be studied using structural functionalism and social conflict. Structural functionalism “is a framework for building theory that sees society as a complex system whose parts work together to promote solidarity and stability” ("Structural-Functional Theory in Sociology”).
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