It is commonly believed that Marxism effectively died with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Actually Marxism in a very modified form has survived and is surprisingly influential in the form of what I will call its stepchildren. The mixture of enduring Marxist features with contradictory and alien elements means the stepchildren’s lineage is not always obvious. Marx taught that the progress of history would show an increasing polarisation of people into two groups, Capitalists and Workers. The development of this polarisation was to be a matter of historical determinism. Socio-economic forces would push people into the respective groups. This…
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