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marx at the margins II

June 26, 2010

Like I said in my last post, I have been reading Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western by Kevin Anderson. I just finished the chapters on the American Civil War and on Ireland. Marx lived many years in England and was very interested in the issue of Ireland. Another issue he wrote often about was the subjugation of the Polish people by Russia, Prussia and Austria. One of the things Marx mentions is that support for the Irish or Polish people could be seen as a litmus test  by which to measure how ‘leftist’ a person was.

This got my thinking alot about Israel and Palestine, and how the situation of the palestinian people is much like that of the Irish or Polish people in the ninteenth century. Support for Palestine is a good litmus test for a person’s values. The subjugation of the people of Gaza shows that the problems Marx wrote about in his time ave only gotten worse. Capitalism has reached a more advanced state, and the contradictions are visible.

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  1. thepracticalutopian permalink
    April 17, 2011 2:04 pm

    I really liked that book. . . no one ever talks about Marx’s evolving theory of the transition between economic systems, nor his changing conception of the path that economic development takes (slavery–>feudalism–>capitalism). And you’re right–it does really relate to Palestine and similar movements. What do you think about the struggles in the Middle East in this vein?

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