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New Realism, New Barbarism : Socialist Theory in the Era of Globalization - Boris Kagarlitsky

New Realism, New Barbarism

Socialist Theory in the Era of Globalization

Paperback Published: 25th December 1998
ISBN: 9780745315515
Number Of Pages: 176

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In this radical and controversial overview of the post-communist world, Boris Kagarlitsky argues that the very success of neo-liberal capitalism has made traditional socialism all the more necessary and feasible. Kagarlitsky argues that leftists exaggerate the importance of the 'objective' aspects of the 'new reality' -- globalisation -- and the weakening of the state, while underestimating the importance of the hegemony of neo-liberalism. As long as neo-liberalism retains its ideological hegemony, despite its economic failure, the consequence is a 'new barbarism' -- already a reality in Eastern Europe, and now also emerging in the West.Kagarlitsky challenges the political neurosis of the left and prevailing assumptions of Marxism to argue that Marx's theories are now more timely than they were in the mid-twentieth century. He analyses theories of the 'end of the proletariat' and the 'end of work', and assesses the potential of the new technologies - such as the Internet - which create fresh challenges for capitalism and new arenas for struggle.

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'An ambitious assessment of the current state of the left worldwide, offers an antidote to [the] assumption that there is no alternative to neo-liberalism' -- Red Pepper 'This ambitious trilogy by the Russian scholar and activist Boris Kagarlistky offers an intriguing diagnosis of the plight of the Left at a moment when its fortunes may be starting to change for the better' -- Times Literary Suplement

The Left As it Is
De-Revising Marx
The Return of the Proletariat
New Technologies and New Struggles
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ISBN: 9780745315515
ISBN-10: 0745315518
Series: Recasting Marxism
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 25th December 1998
Publisher: Pluto Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1

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