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Ethics and Politics in Contemporary Theory Between Critical Theory and Post-Marxism by Mark Devenney

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1    The ends of Marx(ism)?

Beyond Marxism?

Introduction

Marxism was, in some or other sense, in terminal crisis throughout the twentieth century. Events in the last two decades of the century seemed finally to seal its demise, once more laying to rest the spectre which had haunted capitalism since the failed revolutions of 1848. The inability of ‘communist’ regimes to develop a legitimate alternative to capitalist modernisation was demonstrated as protesters apportioned and sold the bricks of the Berlin wall to the newly available ‘free’ market. In the new millennium those few regimes that hold to the ‘faith’ belie their own rhetoric with gradual economic ‘liberalisation’ while upholding one-party domination of the political system.

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