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Marx and Modernity: Key Readings and Commentary



Marx and Modernity: Key Readings and Commentary

Robert Antonio (Editor), Ira J. Cohen (Series Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-75543-3 April 2008 Wiley-Blackwell 424 Pages

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In this illuminating and concise collection of readings, Karl Marx emerges as the first theorist to give a comprehensive social view of the birth and development of capitalist modernity that began with the Second Industrial Revolution and still exists today.
Notes on Contributors.

General Editor's Foreword.


Introduction: Marx and Modernity (Robert J. Antonio).

Section I: Marx Readings.

Part 1: Marx's Vision of History: "Historical Materialism.".

1. Primary Historical Relations or the Basic Aspects of Social Activity (with Friedrich Engels).

2. The Ruling Class and Ruling Ideas... (with Friedrich Engels).

3. The Formation of Classes... (with Friedrich Engels).

4. Preface to A Contribution to a Critique of Political Economy.

5. Labor Rent.

6. Karl Marx (Friedrich Engels).

7. Letter to Joseph Bloch (Friedrich Engels).

Part 2: The Juggernaut of Capitalist Modernity: The Revolutionary Bourgeoisie, End of Tradition, and New Social Powers.

8. The So-Called Primitive Accumulation.

9. Development of the Division of Labor (with Friedrich Engels).

10. Bourgeois and Proletarians: (with Friedrich Engels).

11. Historical Tendency of Capitalist Accumulation.

12. Cooperation.

13. Cardinal Facts of Capitalist Production.

Part 3: Marx's Labor Theory of Value: The Hidden Social Relationship Beneath Capitalism's Distorted "Economic" Surface.

14. The Two Factors of a Commodity: Use Value and Value.

15. From Value, Price and Profit.

16. The Fetishism of Commodities and the Secret Thereof.

17. The General Formula for Capital.

Part 4: The First and Second Industrial Revolutions: From Manufacture to Modern Industry.

18. Division of Labor and Manufacture.

19. Machinery and Modern Industry.

Part 5: The Downside of Capitalist Growth: Unemployment, Poverty, Speculative Crises, and Environmental Devastation.

20. General Law of Capitalist Accumulation.

21. The Tendency of the Rate of Profit to Fall.

22. Progressive Production of a Relative Surplus Population or Industrial Reserve Army.

23. Increase of Lunacy in Great Britain.

24. The Economic Crisis in Europe.

25. Modern Industry and Agriculture.

Part 6: Globalization and Colonialism: The New International Division of Labor.

26. Foreign Trade.

27. Repulsion Attraction of Workpeople.

28. The Crisis in England.

29. British Incomes in India.

30. The Indian Revolt.

Part 7: New Society Rising in the Old: Socially Regulated Capitalism and a Third Industrial Revolution.

31. The Factory Acts.

32. The Role of Credit in Capitalist Production.

33. Fixed Capital and Development of the Productive Forces of Society.

Part 8: The Revolutionary Proletariat and the Vicissitudes of History: Counterrevolution, Dictatorship, or Radical Democracy?.

34. Bourgeois and Proletarians: (with Friedrich Engels).

35. Proletarians and Communists: (with Friedrich Engels).

36. The 18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte.

37. The Civil War in France.

38. Critique of the Gotha Program.

Section II: Contemporary Readings.

Part 9: After Communism: The Death or Return of Marx?.

39. Mourning Marxism (Ronald Aronson, Wayne State University).

40. Marx Redux (David Harvey, Johns Hopkins University).

41. The Return of Karl Marx (John Cassidy).

Part 10: New Economy or Old?: Information Capitalism and the Polarization of Class, Race, and Ethnicity.

42. The Connected and the Disconnected (Jeremy Rifkin).

43. The Architect of a New Consensus (Thomas Frank).

44. Societal Changes and Vulnerable Neighborhoods (William Julius Wilson, Harvard University).

45. Fortress L.A. (Mike Davis).

Part 11: Neoliberal Globalization: Concentration, Proletarianization, and Immiseration in the New Transitional Order.

46. America's Immigration "Problem" (Saskia Sassen, University of Chicago).

47. "These Dark Satanic Mills" (William Greider).

48. From the Great Transformation to the Global Free Market (John Gray, London School of Economics).

Part 12: Emergent Resistance to Neoliberal Globalization: Anti-Corporate, Alliance Politics & Direct Actions.

49. Slouching toward Seattle (Jeff Faux).

50. Seattle Diary (Jeff St. Clair).

51. Not Just a Seattle Sequel (Bruce Shapiro).

Part 13: Rethinking Class and Emancipation after Communism: Avoiding Marxist Determinism and Totalization.

52. Class Analysis, History, and Emancipation (Erik Olin Wright, University of Wisconsin).

53. From Redistribution to Recognition? (Nancy Fraser, New School University).



"Robert J. Antonio's collection on Marx and modernity brings together keyworks of Marx and a variety of contemporary Marxist writings that engage topics such as globalization, information technology, the triumph of neo-liberal market capitalism and global struggles against it. Antonio provides a lucid overview of Karl Marx's life and works, and debates over his legacy that should be extremely useful for contemporary readers."
--Douglas Kellner, University of California at Los Angeles

"The essays by Marx are intelligently chosen, the lively commentaries by a host of well-known scholars exhibit the range of his influence, while the outstanding introduction by Robert Antonio illuminates his salience for our time. This is a first-rate collection!"
--Stephen Eric Bronner, Rutgers University

  • Organizes Marx's writings thematically, presenting him as the father of modern capitalist social theory

  • Includes 15 contemporary essays reflecting the influence of Karl Marx on today's economy and society

  • Contains substantial editorial introductions by a well-known Marx scholar