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Was Marx Right?

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No one can deny that the philosopher/economist Karl Marx had a profound impact on the politics and economics of the world order over the past 150 years. But has the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the state-led capitalism of the People’s Republic of China, and other seeming failures invalidated Marx’s analysis of history, economics, capitalism, and revolution? Maybe there is more to Marx’s thought than how it was interpreted/used by totalitarian governments throughout the twentieth century. Perhaps some of his ideas still have relevance to today’s governments and economic policies, and to the world order. Using a fresh perspective from the noted public intellectual and critic Terry Eagleton, this study group will look at ten of the most important standard criticisms of Marx and consider possible refutations of each. (Examples of these criticisms include notions such as “Marxism is a dream of utopia” and “Marxism always leads to totalitarianism.”) Our text will be Eagleton’s combative, entertaining, and well-reasoned text, Why Marx Was Right (Yale, 2nd edition, 2018). Please join us for some lively debate during these times when people are increasingly asking whether capitalism has gone astray. Note: this is a virtual study group conducted online using Zoom software. It is limited to 15 participants. Basic Zoom training is recommended for those who have not taken an OLLI study group using Zoom, and this will be conducted online before the study group starts. All participants should be comfortable using the audio and video capabilities of their personal computers before signing up for this group.

Class Details

4 Sessions
Weekly - Thu

Virtual - Any Location

Philip Zawa 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s) Instructional Method
1/16/2020 - 2/6/2020 Weekly - Thu 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM N/A, Virtual - Any Location  Map Philip Zawa  ClassRoom