By Tom Bottomore
This ebook, half dictionary and half encyclopaedia, has turn into the normal reference paintings at the techniques of Marxism and the contributors and colleges of proposal that experience for this reason contributed to the physique of Marxist rules. The dictionary has been fulled revised and up-to-date, with over fifty new entries on significant texts, on themes that experience develop into proper because the first version seemed, and in components the place the nation of data and realizing has moved considerably. All entries were revised the place wanted, all analyzing lists up-to-date, and the bibliography has been thoroughly revised and increased.
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For communists', as Engels explained, 'abolition of the state makes sense only as the necessary result of the abolition of classes, with whose disappearance the need for organized power of one class for the purpose of holding down the other classes will automatically disappear' (Marx, Engels, Lenin 1972, p. 27). Anarchism survived such criticisms and remains a major source for the critique of Marxist theory and, particularly, of Marxist practiceThe commonly-held view that Marxists a nd ANCIENT SOCIETY anarchist communists agree about the end (a lassless, stateless society) but differ about the means to that end appears to be inadequate.
Both argued that this theory of history, the core of Marx's theory, retains explanatory power only if its argument is carefully and narrowly defined, and its logic consistently applied. For Cohen, a Marxist analysis can account for phenomena at the level of social relations of production or of the 'superstructure' (see BASK AND SUPERSTRUC- TURF) only by showing that they are structurally compatible with - that is, functional for - the forces of production. For Wood, a Marxist theory must accept the idea that productive forces impose constraints on production relations.
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A Dictionary of Marxist Thought (2nd Edition) by Tom Bottomore