Marx, Tocqueville, and Race in America: The 'Absolute by August H. Nimtz PDF

By August H. Nimtz

ISBN-10: 0739106783

ISBN-13: 9780739106785

While Alexis de Tocqueville defined the USA because the 'absolute democracy,' Karl Marx observed the state as a 'defiled republic' as long as it accepted the enslavement of blacks. during this insightful political historical past, Nimtz argues that Marx and his accomplice, Frederick Engels, had a much more acute and insightful examining of yank democracy than Tocqueville simply because they famous that the overthrow of slavery and the cessation of racial oppression have been vital to its consciousness. Nimtz's account contrasts either the writings and the civil motion of Tocqueville, Marx and Engels, noting that Marx and Engels actively mobilized the German-American neighborhood towards the slavocracy sooner than the Civil warfare, and that Marx seriously supported the Union reason. This effective and insightful research into the methods of 2 significant thinkers offers clean perception into previous and current debates approximately race and democracy in America.

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August Nimtz's scholarship's establishes past query that Marx and Engels, now not Alexis de Tocqueville, have been the main profound scholars (and proponents) of democracy in nineteenth century the USA. someone who thinks Marx and Engels have been the highbrow fathers of twentieth century totalitarianism should be to benefit that they're extra adequately noticeable as supporters of radical democracy for blacks and all different oppressed humans on this planet. (John Manley, Stanford University)

This awesome examine combines an acute critique of Tocqueville's celebrated writings at the usa with a provocative appreciation of Karl Marx's a ways much less recognized writings at the U.S. In finding the resource of Marx's insights in a passionate activist quandary with problems with slavery and freedom, Nimtz brilliantly information a dwelling Marxism, dedicated to democratic swap and grounding its idea in engagement with ebbing and flowing social struggles. (David Roediger, college of Illinois)

August Nimtz's paintings is a compelling sythesis of political conception and highbrow background. He conclusively demonstates the centrality of the U.S. for the founders of historic materialism. Nimitz conscientiously compares the formulations of Marx and Engels to these of Tocqueville and makes a persuasive case for his or her higher buy on a society outlined through democracy, capitalism and slavery. (Gopal Balakrishnan)

This ebook makes a sequence of important...claims pertaining to Marx and Marxism. . . . it's definitely the most cutting edge and difficult defenses of Marzist conception in contemporary many years. hugely suggested. (CHOICE)

...this is a fantastic publication which each and every activist should still learn and research from. (Socialist Review)

If Marx is the main influential socialist philosopher of the trendy period, Toqueville his leader democratic counterpart, and race family members the vital defining factor of yankee politics for over 2 hundred years, why have we needed to wait goodbye for a scholarly comparability of the contemplating those giants in this query? This e-book, briefly, is lengthy late, as evidenced by way of the insights, many relatively profound, that fly like sparks in all instructions. scholars of Marx, Toqueville, race in the US and, maybe so much of all, of democracy (both the speculation and the perform) will ceaselessly be indebted to August Nimtz for this fantastically written and terribly enlightening learn. (Bertell Ollman, manhattan University)

Bringing Marx's serious concepts on race to undergo on Tocqueville's imaginative and prescient of the United States because the "absolute democracy," this ebook specializes in the interesting query of why Tocqueville and Marx observed the US in such noticeably alternative ways. . . ..The writer recounts with grace, ardour, and impecable old element the unappreciated tale of Marx's involvement within the reason behind the yank Civil battle and his efforts in aid of slavery. Marx's and Engels's fight to mobilize German-American staff in help of abolition and the Union reason is an interesting learn within the position of principles and political organization in historical past. (Perspectives on Politics)

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190–1). The second response to the critique of modernist ideas on objective knowledge would be to offer a pragmatic defense of wertfreiheit. There is no need to jettison the concept entirely just because philosophy cannot sustain its epistemological purity if it can be found that the doctrine aids rational dialog. In fact, Lionel Robbins (1933, p. 150) offered a pragmatic defense of the doctrine on the following grounds: “And, quite apart from all questions of methodology, there is a very practical justification for such a procedure.

Rockwell, Jr. ) (1985) The Gold Standard: An Austrian Perspective, Lexington, KY: Lexington Books, pp. 19–34. 28 Calculation and Coordination Sennholz, M. ) (1957) On Freedom and Free Enterprise: Essays in Honor of Ludwig von Mises, Irvington-on-Hudson, NY: Foundation for Economic Education. W. ) Carl Menger and His Legacy in Economics, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, pp. 107–30. W. and Streissler, M. ) (1944) Carl Menger’s Lectures to Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria, Aldershot, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

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