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Dialectics of Class Struggle in the Global Economy

Dialectics of Class Struggle in the Global Economy

Clark Everling

(Routledge, 2010)

Dialectics of Class Struggle restores Marx’s emphasis on class struggle as the dialectics of human social production. Humans’ reproduction makes them subjects for their activities in two forms:

* Their objective forms (e.g., capitalists and workers), which are necessary to their reproduction as classes, and

* Their social forms (e.g., shared urban existence), in which they are subjects within social production in certain cooperative ways.

This is a dialectical relation, a social opposition and unity that inheres in the same individuals at the same time. Western Marxism and Social Democracy only repeat the positive categories necessary to the reproduction of classes.

Much ink has been spilled in attempts to prove that humans are only animals and are, like other species, only aggressive. Marx distinguishes both class and cooperative relations as inorganic: humans create their subjectivity through their mutual social production. They build upon previous forms of social production and, with capitalism, become not only an opposition of classes, but have the capacity for urban individualism and cooperation.

Dialectics of Class Struggle examines the historical development of classes from ancient times to present. It analyzes the development of ancient slavery into feudalism and the latter into capitalism. It focuses upon the laws and limits of capitalist development, the contradictions inherent in the capitalist state, and revolutions in the twentieth century and the possibilities for human freedom that they revealed. It concludes with an examination of class struggles in the global economy and shows the human deprivations as well as the human possibilities.

Clark Everling is Professor Emeritus at Empire State College at the State University of New York, USA.

Contents: 1.   Marx’s method 2.   Marxist theory: from class struggle to political economy 3.   Pre-capitalist social formations 4.   Capitalism and social production 5.   Capitalist state and society 6.   Imperialism and world wars 7.   The dialectics of world working class struggle 8.   International working class revolution 9.   Globalization and class struggle 10.  Dialectics of the present struggle: the laws of capitalist development

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