Synopses & Reviews
The essays collected in this book reflect the author's conviction that the Marxist tradition can be kept alive as an essential political component of the Left not through dutiful conservation, but through ruthless recycling. The book draws lessons from the blind alleys to which Marxist thought led, and preserves and develops the most precious insights it contains. In particular, it spells out and defends the controversial notion of a "capitalist road to communism" that would remain true to the Marxian ideal while embracing capitalism.
Van Parijs defends the notion of a 'capitalist road to communism', remaining true to the Marxian ideal while embracing capitalism.
The essays collected in this book examine the structure and potential of historical materialism as a general theory of social change. They draw on the lessons of the failure of Marxist crisis theory, and show how a rejuvenated notion of exploitation can illuminate the analysis of the class structure of welfare state capitalism or the assessment of international migration.
Table of Contents
Part I. A New Start for Historical Materialism?: 1. From contradiction to catastrophe; 2. Marxism's central puzzle; Part II. Crisis Theory Shattered: 3. A rational reconstruction by way of obituary; 4. Why Marxist economics needs microfoundations; Part III. Exploitation Rejuvenated: 5. Exploitation and the libertarian challenge; 6. A revolution in class theory; 7. Marxism and migration; Part IV. Forward without Socialism: 8. A capitalist road to communism; 9. Universal grants versus socialism; 10. In defence of abundance; Envoi: the greening of Marx.