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Marxism: A Bourgeois Critique

International Journal of Social Economics

ISSN: 0306-8293

Article publication date: 1 November 1988

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Here Marx's philosophy is dissected from the angle of bourgeois capitalism which he, Marx, sought to overcome. His social, political and economic ideas are criticised. Although it is noted that Marx wanted to ameliorate human suffering, the result turned out to be Utopian, contrary to his own intentions. Contrary to Marx, it is individualism that makes the best sense and capitalism that holds out the best hope for coping with most of the problems he sought to solve. Marx's philosophy is alluring but flawed at a very basic level, namely, where it denies the individuality of each person and treats humanity as “an organic body”. Capitalism, while by no means out to guarantee a perfect society, is the best setting for the realisation of the diverse but often equally noble human goals of its membership.

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Machan, T.R. (1988), "Marxism: A Bourgeois Critique", International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. 15 No. 11/12, pp. 2-131. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb014124

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