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By Paul Edward Gottfried

 The unusual demise of Marxism seeks to refute convinced misconceptions concerning the present ecu Left and its relation to Marxist and Marxist-Leninist events that existed within the contemporary earlier. one of the misconceptions that the booklet treats significantly and intimately is that the Post-Marxist Left (a time period the booklet makes use of to explain this phenomenon) springs from a surprisingly Marxist culture of idea and that it represents an unqualified rejection of yankee capitalist values and practices.            3 specific gains of the e-book are the makes an attempt to dissociate the current ecu Left from Marxism, the presentation of this Left as whatever that built independently of the autumn of the Soviet empire, and the emphasis at the in particular American roots of the ecu Left. Gottfried examines the multicultural orientation of this Left and concludes that it has little or not anything to do with Marxism as an economic-historical thought. It does, notwithstanding, owe very much to American social engineering and pluralist ideology and to the unfold of yank proposal and political tradition to Europe.                       American tradition and American political reform have foreshadowed comparable advancements in Europe via years or perhaps entire many years. opposite to the impact that the us has taken antibourgeois attitudes from Europeans, the writer argues precisely the contrary. because the finish of global warfare II, Europe has lived within the shadow of an American empire that has affected the previous global, together with its self-described anti-Americans. Gottfried believes that this impression is going again to who reads or watches whom greater than to monetary and armed forces disparities. it's the knowledge of yankee cultural in addition to fabric dominance that fuels the anti-Americanism that's rather powerful at the eu Left. That a part of the ecu spectrum has, although, reproduced in a extra severe shape what started as an American bounce into multiculturalism. Hostility towards the US, even if, should be remodeled speedy into severe affection for the U.S., which happened through the Clinton management and through the overseas efforts to deliver a multicultural society to the Balkans.            sincerely written and good conceived, The unusual loss of life of Marxism should be of detailed curiosity to political scientists, historians of up to date Europe, and people severe of multicultural developments, relatively between Euro-American conservatives.

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Moreover, societies that had strong parliamentary traditions could achieve through peaceful procedures what the French, Italian, and Spanish working classes believed could only come about through a revolutionary party. Thus Frenchmen and Italians turned to politicians who endorsed Marxist revolution and praised the So2. See Kriegel, French Communists, 359–62, 378–79; and Marc Lazar, Maisons rouges: Les partis communistes français et italien de la libération à nos jours (Paris: Aubier, 1992). 3 Although not entirely wrong, this Cold War liberal explanation, popularized by Gabriel Almond and S.

1 Although peasant and other parties in all three countries favored land reform, the Communists would receive credit for it from 1. These reforms are discussed at length in Walter Laqueur’s Europe in Our Time, 1945–1992 (New York: Penguin Books, 1992). 27 28 THE STRANGE DEATH OF MARXISM Western sympathizers. Indeed by 1945, mass-based Communist parties were gaining strength in both Italy and France. 1 percent of the national vote; its share would not fall below 25 percent in any election to the National Assembly before 1958.

This venting of contempt on Hegel is characteristic of FrancoItalian socialists in the sixties who were vindicating “real Marxism” in the face of “humanistic” socialism. Thus Lucio Colletti (1924–2001) added to the charge that Hegelian-Marxists were really Hegelian metaphysicians the even more damning accusation that they were bringing into vogue medieval Catholic fantasies. The implications of this charge can be properly weighed by considering the deep anticlerical feeling found in Colletti and in other Italian Communists.

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