The Jacobin Vision of Social Democracy Won’t Save Us

We hardly care here about comparison with Marx: We have our own Toward a New Communist Manifesto, and Democratic Market Neo-communism.
We need to be critical of Marx/marxism and the issue of comparison will be: have we upgraded a now dated marxism, have we produced a resolution of the flaws in Marx’s theories? In that context the classic Marx/Engels Manifesto needs a new configuration…

The title of Bhaskar Sunkara’s new book is both bold and smart, from a marketing perspective at least. It’s eye-catching in its reference to The Communist Manifesto. I’m actually a little surprised that apparently no previous book has had that title, since it seems so obvious. The reason may be that other writers have been more humble than Sunkara, and less willing to elicit inevitable comparisons between their work and Marx’s. For no writer, and certainly not Sunkara, will fare well under such a comparison.

Source: The Jacobin Vision of Social Democracy Won’t Save Us

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