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Unformatted text preview: Sheet1 Page 1 The strengths and weaknesses of the marxist theory of Revolution Bibliography T. Carver Marx“ s Social Theory Oxford University Press 1982 A C MacIntyre Marxism: An Interpretation SCM Press 1953 K. Post Regaining Marxism MacMillan Press Ltd 1996 P. Worsley Marx & Marxism Ellis Horwood Ltd 1982 J. Townsend The Politics of Marxism Leicester University Press 1996 D. McNally Som from Below EMU Press 1986 K. Marx & F. Engels Communist Manifesto (ibid) P. Singer Marx 1980 A S Cohan Theories of Revolution 1975 T. Cliff Permanent Revolution International Som 1963 journal first series number 61 What are the strengths and weaknesses of the Marxist theory of revolution? The Marxist theory of revolution must be evaluated in two lights in regards to its strengths and weaknesses, first how it was relevant in Marx5 s era, second how it was relevant after his death. The two conclusions that could be reached by assessing his theories in relation to the two different eras could be expected to reach quite disparate resolutions. Marx had the belief, inherited from Hegel that the evolution of society was a valid philosophical topic, therefore he wrote his utopian ideals of revolution with this in mind. That is the greatest strength of his theory, that it can be altered dependant upon the society of the day. The fact that most of his writings are only relevant to the world as he knew it does not obscure the fact that some of his meta narratives are still relevant and thus strong in theory. However, while some of the salient points in Marx— s theory were once relevant and simply became out dated, it could be argued, and has by several authors, that some of his points were never particularly strong, based as they were on inaccurate information. The Manifesto was written on two levels, one which analyses the tendencies of society, the patterns and historical points of interest, where they examine the underlying tendencies of a phenomenon, i.e. world society. This specific analysis was based in economics. The other level of analysis, this one hypothetical, which finds the existence of actual impurities in the model in the form of political and social factors which are in some way independent from, or interact with the economic model. This manner of theory was strong, however it was one which needed constant revision. They themselves in their introduction to the German edition of the Communist Manifesto asserted that its ¡ general principles“ were still correct, although their ¤ practical application¡ depended ¢ everywhere and at all times, on the historical conditions for the time being existing¡ . It could be argued that the need for revision was also it• s strength as it remained, at least past the two authors life times, relevant....
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