The Necessity of Social Control

The Necessity of Social Control

István Mészáros


As John Bellamy Foster writes in his foreword to the current ebook, “István Mészáros is without doubt one of the maximum philosophers that the old materialist culture has but produced. His paintings stands essentially on my own at the present time within the intensity of its research of Marx’s concept of alienation, the structural main issue 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 sorts 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 constructions of kinds of Consciousness, yet his paintings can look formidable to these unacquainted together with his proposal. right here, for the 1st time, is a concise and available evaluation of Mészáros’s principles, designed via the writer himself and overlaying the huge scope of his paintings, from the shortcomings of bourgeois economics to the degeneration of the capital process to the transition to socialism.

“For me, István Mészáros is among the few those who has made crucial contributions to the physique of Marxist suggestion. 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 explain and to teach the ongoing 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

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