Date: Mon Nov 20 2006 - 09:53:01 EST
(Excerpted from Heterodox Economics Newsletter-35, By: Frederic S. Lee) A Different Marx. The Utopia-Free Scientist Un altro Marx. Lo scienziato liberato dall’utopia, Guido Carandini Percorsi 20067, pp. 216 140x210 mm There were two Karl Marxes. The first was the notorious prophet of the communist utopia and the imminent collapse of capitalism. The second was the almost entirely unknown social scientist who, on the contrary, subordinated the birth of a superior model of society to the global distribution of wealth. Liberating Marx the scientist from Marx the utopian, his theory is reconfirmed as the most in-depth analysis to date of the capitalist movements that for five centuries have conquered the world through commerce, science and violence. And this explains why the impetuous development of profit-led wealth also generates extreme forms of inequality, violent conflicts and environmental devastation. The world population of one and a half billion in Marx’s time has since exploded to six billion, of which half are in the grip of poverty and hunger. With such an unjustly divided humanity, ripped asunder by religious conflict, what would be the price to pay for the fulfilment of the Marxian prophecy of universal capitalism? Guido Carandini is a former lecturer in History and Economics and a member of the PCI (Italian Comunist Party) between 1976 and 1982). Besides numerous studies and articles on politics and economic theory, he has published: Lavoro e capitale nella teoria di Marx (19783), La struttura economica della società nelle opere di Marx (19782) and, for Laterza, Il nuovo e il futuro (1990).
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