Marxists and social democrats

Ben Jackson

in Equality and the British Left

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780719073069
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701454 | DOI:
Marxists and social democrats

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This chapter focuses on the dissemination of Marxist theory into progressive thought during the 1930s and its application to theorising about equality. The first section indicates why Marxism achieved such unprecedented prestige in the political debates of this period. The second and third sections of this chapter examine in more detail the materialist critique of social democratic egalitarianism developed by Marxist writers, and the principles of justice they ultimately defended. The final section discusses the partial retreat from this materialist position precipitated by the arrival of the Second World War.

Keywords: Marxist theory; progressive thought; equality; Marxism; social democratic egalitarianism; justice; Second World War

Chapter.  12572 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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