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This striking presentation of major ideas, problems and contradictions inherent in Marxism discusses the philosophy, economics, sociology, and psychological attitudes involved. Alfred Meyer presents Marxism fairly in its own terms, and then he goes on to examine the weaknesses and inconsistencies, paradoxes and impossibilities of the union of the theory and practice of communism. In showing how realistic and practical problems have proved to be stumbling blocks to the followers and revisionists of Marxism, he indicates how far removed this political metaphysics is from the real world.
Included is an updated introductory essay in which Meyer reflects on the widespread changes in attitude toward Marxism. He analyzes the current interest in Marx and reexamines the philosophic core of all Marxist theories, the dialectic. Discussing the ambiguities inherent in Marxism and the controversies they have engendered, he also stresses the continuity of Marxism with its antecedent intellectual currents, especially the Judeo-Christian heritage.