By István Mészáros
As John Bellamy Foster writes in his foreword to the current e-book, “István Mészáros is without doubt one of the maximum philosophers that the ancient materialist culture has but produced. His paintings stands essentially on my own this day within the intensity of its research of Marx’s idea of alienation, the structural obstacle of capital, the loss of life of Soviet-style post-revolutionary societies, and the required stipulations of the transition to socialism. His dialectical inquiry into social constitution and different types of consciousness—a systematic critique of the present sorts of thought—is unequaled in our time.”
Mészáros is the writer of magisterial works like Beyond Capital and Social buildings of varieties of Consciousness, yet his paintings can appear formidable to these unacquainted along with his proposal. the following, for the 1st time, is a concise and available assessment of Mészáros’s principles, designed via the writer himself and overlaying the large scope of his paintings, from the shortcomings of bourgeois economics to the degeneration of the capital approach to the transition to socialism.
“For me, István Mészáros is among the few those that has made crucial contributions to the physique of Marxist inspiration. Like Marx, he isn't effortless to learn, yet he's well worth the effort.” —Michael A. Lebowitz, writer, The Contradictions of “Real Socialism” and The Socialist Alternative
“No residing Marxist thinker has performed extra to elucidate and to teach the continued relevance of Marx’s most crucial theories than István Mészáros.” —Bertell Ollman, division of politics, long island collage; writer of Dance of the Dialectic: Steps in Marx’s Method and different works