This text follows the rise and fall of Trotsky. Orator, military tactitian, historian and a cultural theorist, Trotsky was finally brought down by inner party-functionalism, exiled and then executed by Stalin.
Written in the white heat of revolutionary Russia's Civil War, Trotsky's Terrorism and Communism is one of the most potent defenses of revolutionary dictatorship. In his provocative commentary to this new edition the philosopher Slavoj AAÂ iAAÂ ek argues that Trotsky's attack on the illusions of liberal democracy has a vital relevance today.
What ought the political role of the intellectual to be? What challenges does the post-structuralist project present for Marxist accounts of the intellectual? This book considers different attempts by Marxist and post-Marxist writers to theorize these and other related questions.
Was Marx himself a 'Marxist'? Was his visionary promise of socialism betrayed by Marxist dictatorship? Is Marxism inevitably totalitarian? What did Marx really say? This book provides a fundamental account of Karl Marx's original philosophy, its roots in 19th century European ideology, and his radical economic and social criticism of capitalism.
Presents a critique of private property and the social relations it generates. This book argues that capitalism would create an ever-increasing division in wealth and welfare, predicting its abolition and replacement by a system with common ownership of the means of production.
The collapse of communism was one of the most defining moments of the twentieth century. This Very Short Introduction examines the history behind the political, economic, and social structures of communism as an ideology.
A new critical biography of Leon Trotsky, a strong leader of Soviets and one of the most important figures of twentieth-century Communism. This biography delves deep into Trotsky's life and relationships to reveal and understand his complex character and actions.
Noam Chomsky is one of the influential thinkers of the twentieth-century. His work in linguistics, philosophy and political theory has spanned six decades, and has been met with critical acclaim and controversy in equal measure. This book is not only an introduction to Chomsky's theoretical writings, but also a critical engagement with his work.
Stating that the history of the societies is a history of class struggle, this title argues that communism is the only route to equality, and is a call to action aimed at the proletariat. It is intended for those seeking to understand our modern political landscape.
Offers an account of Marx's thought, his works and theories, providing an useful guide to the important ideas of this thinker. This book introduces the key Marxist concepts and themes and examines the ways in which they have influenced philosophical and political thought.