Why Marx Was Right
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Preface ix Chapter One 1 Chapter Two 12 Chapter Three 30 Chapter Four 64 Chapter Five 107 Chapter Six 128
Chapter Seven 160 Chapter Eight 179 Chapter Nine 196 Chapter Ten 211 Conclusion 238 Notes 241 Index 251
his book had its origin in a single, striking thought: What if all the most familiar objections to Marx’s work are mistaken? Or at least, if not totally wrongheaded, mostly so? This is not to suggest that Marx never put a foot wrong. I am not of that leftist breed that piously proclaims that everything is open to criticism, and then, when asked to produce three major criticisms of Marx, lapses into... [continues]
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