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Sunday, July 5 • 11:30am - 1:00pm
Is Marxism Eurocentric?

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When Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels wrote The Communist Manifesto in 1847, industrial capitalism existed in only a few parts of Western Europe and North America. They initially expected that the rest of the world would follow in Europe’s footsteps. To some, this is proof of Marxism’s “Eurocentrism,” which renders Marxism flawed as a theory for liberation for the world’s indigenous and colonized peoples. This talk challenges this view, showing how Marx and Engels revised their early views and how they and later Marxists forged a theory and practice that has influenced liberation struggles worldwide.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital by Vivek Chibber
Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western Societies by Kevin Anderson

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Lance Selfa

Lance Selfa, a member of the International Socialist Review editorial board, is author of The Democrats: A Critical History. His recent article in ISR explored the contribution of pioneering Peruvian Marxist José Carlos Mariátegui.

Sunday July 5, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
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