Marxism, Fascism, and Totalitarianism: Chapters in the Intellectual History of Radicalism

Marxism Fascism and Totalitarianism Chapters in the Intellectual History of Radicalism This work traces the changes in classical Marxism the Marxism of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels that took place after the death of its founders It outlines the variants that appeared around the turn o

  • Title: Marxism, Fascism, and Totalitarianism: Chapters in the Intellectual History of Radicalism
  • Author: A. James Gregor
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 459
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • This work traces the changes in classical Marxism the Marxism of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels that took place after the death of its founders It outlines the variants that appeared around the turn of the twentieth century one of which was to be of influence among the followers of Adolf Hitler, another of which was to shape the ideology of Benito Mussolini, and stillThis work traces the changes in classical Marxism the Marxism of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels that took place after the death of its founders It outlines the variants that appeared around the turn of the twentieth century one of which was to be of influence among the followers of Adolf Hitler, another of which was to shape the ideology of Benito Mussolini, and still another of which provided the doctrinal rationale for V.I Lenin s Bolshevism and Joseph Stalin s communism This account differs from many others by rejecting a traditional left right distinction a distinction that makes it difficult to understand how totalitarian political institutions could arise out of presumably diametrically opposed political ideologies Marxism, Fascism, and Totalitarianism thus helps to explain the common features of left wing and right wing regimes in the twentieth century.

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    1. Of a narrower focus than you expect from the title, this intermittently fascinating intellectual history offers a strong, if incomplete, account of the common origin of Bolshevism and Italian Fascism (Gregor hints, in one chapter, at a similar account for the Nazi party, but this is left undeveloped). Some of the obscure names and quarrels I recognize from Kolakowski's "Main Currents of Marxism", but ultimately I think the author didn't need to include some of that tangential minutiae.Both Musso [...]

    2. This book provides a clever insight into how the heterodox interpretation and adherence to philosophical / political / ideological thought can result in almost predictable sets of bastardisations that are less abstracted than the demonisations that disenfranchise us from best addressing the serious consequences that may follow. Mapping a clear historical narrative of thought, making when it diverges and how it is adopted is of great importance.

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