The Struggle to Make Democratic Socialism in the Twenty-First Century


David John Major Neilson (Author) – University of Waikato, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand

Series: Social Welfare Policies and Programs – Patterns, Implications and Prospects
BISAC: SOC026040; POL023000

This book persistently challenges the residual orthodoxies of first-generation neo-Marxism and its fellow travelers in order to lay the foundations of a second-generation neo-Marxist project that also seeks a path beyond Marx’s and Marxism’s polarization. It is not the young or the old Marx, but the young and old Marx. It is not historical materialism or the philosophy of praxis, but rather historical materialism plus the philosophy of praxis. Essentially, this book seeks unification by reversing the epistemological break fallacy thus bringing in the early works that are demonstrated to be integral to a holistic reading of Marx’s episteme, while simultaneously shattering the myth of a seamless continuity in account between the Communist Manifesto and Capital Vol. 1 that opens up the need to rethink the prognosis and unite it with praxis.

Table of Contents


List of Figures

Chapter 1. Introduction: The Terms of the Struggle

Chapter 2. Re-Examining Marx’s Project for the Twenty-First Century: Beyond Althusser’s Shadow

Chapter 3. In Search of Marx’s ‘Way of Knowing’

Chapter 4. Removing the Suffocating Spectre of Althusser and Resuscitating Young Marx

Chapter 5. The Communist Manifesto

Chapter 6. Capital Vol. 1

Chapter 7. From Capital Vol. 1 to Contemporary Capitalism: Opening Up a Pandora’s Box

Chapter 8. Conclusion. Socialism in the Twenty-First Century: From Praxis to Regulation


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