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the economic and political theories of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels that hold that human actions and institutions are economically determined and that class struggle is needed to create historical change and that capitalism will ultimately be superseded by communism

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In particular, her analysis reveals how disciplinary affiliations produced the bland versions of academic Marxism based on an "abandonment of the possibility of common political struggle with working-class people" (232).
10 KILLDOZER, UNCOMPROMISING WAR ON ART UNDER THE DICTATORSHIP OF THE PROLETARIAT A brilliant, hilarious "concept" album with footnoted liner notes that needle academic Marxism while cunningly introducing Simone Weil, Ramsey Clark, and Eugene V.
The end of the cold war also witnessed the virtual disappearance of academic Marxism -- or, in parlance more of the moment, the decline of the Marxist narrative.
Cut off from its life-giving root, the political movement of the industrial proletariat, academic Marxism has grown like topsy in response to the economic and political crisis of liberalism, particular events and trends in the outside world, and debates within the international community of Marxist and radical intellectuals.
While I would not want to disparage the considerable and often heroic role played by the university-based New Left in combatting the Vietnam War and in anti-racist struggles in the U.S., I believe that it was this initial abandonment of the possibility of common political struggle with working class people, far more than the eventual ascendance of postmodern theory, that resulted in an academic Marxism that, for the most part, has been reluctant to engage in the messy work of class politics at the ground level, and instead remained content with the culture wars, leaving the class wars to other people.
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