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of a conclusion but as I prefer be presented with arguments and think about them critically on my own anyway this suited me ANOTHER POINT TO THE MILIFANDOM TBH Ralph Miliband s main goal in Marxism and Politics is to string together a theory of politics from the writings of Marx Engels and Lenin While the text occasionally reads like a lit review and is not a comprehensive theory the book is nonetheless impressive in how it compiles the scattered writings of all of these authors in order to produce a number of coherent theses on Marxist politicsProbably most interesting here is his view of the state Marxism is notoriously weak at theorizing the state and this still remains a notable gap in Marxist theory After going through the typical instrumentalist and resource arguments he offers a structural explanation for why the state must support the capitalism Because of the state s position within the capitalist mode of production it must support the system as a whole Capitalism creates its own rationality ie its own set of rules that determine which decisions will be or not be rational Because the state s goal is always to maintain law and order its actions are greatly limited by this rationality and the logic of capitalismThis structuralist explanation moves away from the instrumentalist view in which the state simply takes marching orders from the capitalist class As Miliband concisely states While the state does act on behalf of the ruling class it does not for the most part act at its behest is precisely this autonomy from the capitalist class that gives the state its special function in acting for them not by simply carrying out their commands The state offers reforms that ultimately preserve the system even when the capitalist class is kicking and screaming about them While capitalists are trying to win the game the state makes sure that the rules don t change Because capitalists are so narrowly focused on their own profits they can t see when the system itself is at risk Making sure that the capitalist mode of production and the fundamentals of its social relations remain in place is the goal of the stateThroughout the rest of the text Miliband goes through some of the big uestions in Marxism What is the relation between class and party Reform or revolution Miliband has great insights into all of these uestions and largely draws upon the debates occurring within the Second International Overall this book comes highly recommended It s marvelously easy to read and is useful for both newcomers to Marxism as well as those who have torn through Marx s oeuvre. Bout the AuthorRalph Miliband was a professor of politics at the London School of Economics Leeds University and York University He was a founding editor of the Socialist Editor and the author of Socialism for a Skeptical .way of a conclusion but as i prefer
N I remember while reading the book was the feeling that Marxismsocialism and thinking in terms of class interests is a profound and intuitive way of understanding ourselves in the world and the world around us This way of thinking about the world has at least in America been wiped away from public consciousness for over forty years I have lived entirely during the neo liberal order This has been the era in which it often felt there is no alternative to capitalism and it s easier to imagine the end of the world than is to imagine the end of capitalism to uote two popular enunciations of the inevitability and intractability of capitalist existence This book is a reminder of a different time of different eras It reminds the reader that politics hasn t always been what it s been during my life purely performative wracked by cliches platitudes and empty words For most of my life the majority of Americans don t even vote when they have the chance And those who do vote vote for personalities for people whom they think they d like to have a beer with or for someone who says all the right things but never comes close to living up to the promises made nor should they have
been believed anyway if we looked closely at his or her record before the election It s beenbelieved anyway if we looked closely at his or her record before the election It s been era where the words from most leaders have meant nothing Part of the reason they ve meant nothing is because everyone voting has known to various degrees nothing was going to change The Republican Party would fight tooth and nail for its suite of cultural issues while exposing Americans to the whims and cruelties of the market steel first version while those at the top of the food chain reaped incomprehensible wealth The Democratic Party would fight tooth and nail for its suite of cultural issues while exposing Americans to the whims and cruelties of the market lace glove over steel fist version while those at the top of the food chain reaped incomprehensible wealth Both parties would bomb the hell out of whomever they felt needed bombingThat s changing The future is unwritten but at least space is opening up discursively for a Marxian reading of society This of course has a lot to do with the Bernie campaigns It also has to do with the financial disaster of 08 and forty five years of union destruction austerity neo liberal hegemony here and abroad and a new round of forever wars in the Middle East If you re new to Marxismsocialism this is a fantastic book to purchase If you re not new it s still a fantastic book to buy I loved this Clear relatively accessible language a set amount of topics to cover rather than trying to survey the totality of Marxist politics and a rigorous insistence on being grounded in reality rather than being led astray by sloganeering Highly recommend for anyone grappling with uestions of the state and how to build an or. Socialism can defend and extend freedoms and thereby remove class distinctions This introduction considers the nature of class conflict the proposed defense of the old order and the possibilities for reform and revolutionA. ,
Incredible book which covers massive amount of ground
in a very concise way Must read for anyone interested in understanding the Marxist approach to politics Thisa very concise way Must read for anyone interested #in understanding the Marxist approach to politics This a fantastic book Five stars no doubt I learned about Ralph #understanding the Marxist approach to politics This a fantastic book Five stars no doubt I learned about Ralph from reading Meagan Day and Micah Uetricht Bigger than Bernie In the excellent section at the back of their book where they mention texts that have been instructive in their understanding of Marxism and class analysis they mention this book A few times in the last couple weeks I ve sat in front of my computer and searched online for the best introductory book about Marxism What I m really looking for is a book as good as Marxism and Politics or something like a seuel to it The only complaint I have about this book is it s pretty short I wish it were longer Like many of these books I wait several months to write reviews of I can t remember many details of what s in Marxism and Politics Let me tell you what I have taken from the book1 It s extremely well written Miliband is an excellent writer In college and grad school I spent a lot of years reading Fouacualt Deleuze Nietzsche Derrida and other continental philosophers and post structural philosophers A lot of it was spectacular and stimulating and changed the way I thought about the world but a lot of it was also hard to comprehend Part of that might be due to the fact all the writers I ust mentioned I was reading in translation but I think than that those authors with the exception of Foucault write with such a degree of abstraction that it s hard to understand what they mean In other words it s hard to understand how their ideas and analyses apply to things or moments in the real world I would often find myself wishing they would give a concrete example of people places and things that were acting out or were ensnared in or working through the philosophical ideas and concepts they set forth I never felt this way about Miliband He is a wonderful perhaps the best I ve encountered guide to Marx Throughout the book one feels in good hands with Miliband 2 The ideas and the way Miliband expresses them feel very current Marxism and Politics was published in 1977 The geo political scene was obviously much different then But literally not one sentence in the book feels dated That s largely a result of the fact Miliband doesn t use any cant He describes things very carefully and the tone he adopts is one of great respect for the reader I trusted that Miliband was challenging not only those he disagreed with but also challenging himself and those he agreed with admitting failures detailing the complexities of each situation and admitting the challenges to be faced What else Yup I ve pretty much forgotten the details of the book but hopefully conveyed the clarity and care with which Miliband presented his arguments One other sensatio. This readable survey of Marxist political theory and key texts by seminal thinkers including Marx Engels and Lenin highlights formative concepts and debates within Marxist thought The argument is presented that a democratic.