Marx Myths & Legends

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essays on Marx mythology
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Rob Lucas


Christopher J. Arthur
Terrell Carver
Paresh Chattopadhyay
Harry Cleaver
Hal Draper
John Holloway
Z. A. Jordan
Joseph McCarney
Humphrey McQueen
Maximilien Rubel
Cyril Smith
Peter Stillman
Francis Wheen
Lawrence Wilde

Marx Myths & Legends


i. Myths Conflating Marx with “State Socialism”

1. A Manifesto of Emancipation
by Paresh Chattopadhyay

2. The ‘Dictatorship of the Proletariat’ in Marx and Engels
by Hal Draper

ii. Myths about Marx’s Character

3. Marx and the working-class
by Francis Wheen

4. Marx’s ‘Illegitimate Son’
by Terrell Carver

5. Marx and the Economic-Jew Stereotype
by Hal Draper

6. Reading the “unreadable” Marx
by Humphrey McQueen

iii. Myths conflating Marx with 19th Century Socialism and Positivism

7. The Tradition of Scientific Marxism
by John Holloway

8. Karl Marx and Religion
by Cyril Smith

iv. The Myth of Dialectical Materialism

9. The Origins of Dialectical Materialism
by Z. A. Jordan

10. The Legend of Marx, or "Engels the founder"
by Maximilien Rubel

v. Other Myths of Marxism

11. Karl Marx: Economist or Revolutionary?
by Harry Cleaver

12. The Myth of Marx’s Economic Determinism
by Peter Stillman

13. Marx and Materialism
by Cyril Smith

14. The Myth of ‘Simple Commodity Production’
by Christopher J. Arthur

vi. Recent Myths

15. Hegel’s Master-Slave Dialectic and a Myth of Marxology
by Christopher J. Arthur

16. Ideology and False Consciousness
by Joseph McCarney

17. ‘The creatures,too,must become free’: Marx and the Animal/Human Distinction
by Lawrence Wilde

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