By Istvan Meszaros, John Bellamy Foster
As John Bellamy Foster writes in his foreword to the current publication, “István Mészáros is among the maximum philosophers that the old materialist culture has but produced. His paintings stands essentially by myself at the present time within the intensity of its research of Marx’s conception of alienation, the structural obstacle of capital, the death of Soviet-style post-revolutionary societies, and the mandatory stipulations of the transition to socialism. His dialectical inquiry into social constitution and sorts of consciousness—a systematic critique of the present kinds of thought—is unequaled in our time.”
Mészáros is the writer of magisterial works like Beyond Capital and Social constructions of sorts of Consciousness, yet his paintings can look formidable to these unacquainted along with his notion. right here, for the 1st time, is a concise and obtainable evaluate of Mészáros’s principles, designed through the writer himself and overlaying the huge scope of his paintings, from the shortcomings of bourgeois economics to the degeneration of the capital procedure to the transition to socialism.
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The Necessity of Social Control by Istvan Meszaros, John Bellamy Foster