Key Elements of Social Theory Revolutionized by Marx
Paul Zarembka, State University of New York at Buffalo
Studies in Critical Social Sciences, Vol. 168, D. Fasenfest, editor
Brill, 2021, index, 273 pp.
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Marx's oeuvre is vast but there are key elements of his ever evolving, class-based contribution to social theory that should be the basis for a
reorientation in Marxist thought. With declining usefulness for him of Hegelian philosophy, very significant was a deepening confrontation
with Ricardian political economy, including introduction two years before publishing Capital of the “labor power” concept.

While the French edition of Capital was closer to Marx’s most mature thought, Engels did not understand how Marx's work on Russia related to
Marx wanting “primitive accumulation” separated by a new Part VIII. Engels' editing distorted the outcome, in other ways also.

This book presents Marx’s intended 3rd German edition as it stood in 1882, and argues that this should be the standard Volume 1 of Capital in
German and the basis for other language editions. Translations into English are provided.

Accumulation of capital is particularly difficult conceptually, including the pressure from bourgeois economics to consider it as just more means
of production. It is carefully addressed with ambiguities discussed, as is the technical issue of the composition of capital.

After Marx, Luxemburg is the most significant contributor to Marxism and her works on advancing Marx’s political economy and on the
"national question” are described and evaluated, both having been distorted afterwards.

The modern topic of state Machiavellian conspiracies, too often avoided but not foreign to Marx, concludes the book. Troubling issues yet remain.

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