*A World to Win: The Life and Works of Karl Marx*

The author is Sven-Eric Liedman and it came out on May 1.

This book is very well done.  It is not revelatory to me, but it serve very well as the standard, up to date major biography of Marx.  You can order it here.

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Another defunct economist. Did he say anything that was both new and true?

No, historian who is pushing 80 and retired 12 years ago. This is his magnum opus.

Perhaps in Economics, his analysis of the periodic crises with a two-sector models, the sector of consumer goods and the sector of production means, has some truth in it, and was new at his time. Otherwise, there is nothing really interesting and new in the Capital and after a while (say near the end of volume 1) it becomes completely bogus.

The subtitle in the German version is "Karl's Kampf"

The Foreword is written by Nicolas Maduro.

I'll wait for the movie to come out on DVD.

With DiCaprio as Marx, Harrison Ford as Stalin, Jackie Chan as Mao, and Mathew McConaughey as Lenin.

Back in February, I saw "The Young Marx" by a leftist Haitian director. I like biopics and it was a pretty decent pro-Marx biopic. As Mrs. Marx, that Luxembourg actress who played opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in "The Phantom Thread," stole the show through her star power.

Antonio Banderes for Che. Ricardo Montalban for Castro.

Bernie Sanders does a cameo as himself.

Does it have a lengthy discussion of the hundreds of millions killed by this ideology?

If not, pass.

If they outlaw ideologies, then only ideologies will have guns.

I think that's how it goes.

So you support the Alt-Right's torch light march through Charlotteville?

I support the first amendment.

Which does not provide a guarantee that you won't be mocked, shouted at, counter-protested, or shamed by acquaintances who see your picture on facebook.

And yet you objected when someone else said that a book on Marx ought to politely discuss the consequences of his views.

Seems somewhat of a double standard. But that's the modern left. If they did not have double standards ....

Hey Al, can you point out on the doll where Karl Marx touched you?

Yeah, the reviews make it sound like another apology for the Inzis.

The review Art Deco posts has the lovely line calling on us to ignore the Twentieth Century Marx and study the Nineteenth Century Marx so that we can apply him in the Twenty First Century.

So I am assuming that is a no.

"The review Art Deco posts has the lovely line calling on us to ignore the Twentieth Century Marx(...)"
He died in 1883.

You will, I am afraid, have to take it up with the reviewer:

“It is the Marx of the nineteenth century, not the twentieth, who can attract the people of the twenty-first,” he writes, meaning that despite the deformities introduced to Marxist doctrine by way of the practical—and totalitarian—politics of Lenin, Stalin, and Mao, there are still good bones in the house that Marx built.

Deformities? Yeah. Notice the reviewer did not think people smart enough to understand what he meant, so he had to explain it. I did.

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/sven-eric-liedman/a-world-to-win-liedman/

It's a reasonable wager that its a brief by Sven-Eric Liedman arguing that Sven-Eric Liedman hadn't wasted his life investing in crap.

Of course, the irony isn't Marx but rather Trump: was it Trump that was inevitable?

It is an ironclad and immutable law of history that voters, when sufficiently pissed off, will turn to protest candidates and populists. Ergo, Obama then Trump.

This is more ironclad and immutable than anything Katl Marx ever offered up as “scientific “.

@Art Deco:

... so why do you think Tyler is pushing this Marx bio-book here ?

are the many book recommendations sincere or just routine marketing ?

how many books received no recommendation or mention here ?

Because its weird for an economics blog to talk about economics books about the world's most famous economist.

Yeah but he was kind of a fake economist. You don't see the Pope pushing L. Ron Hubbard bios, do you?

Kinda ironic that perhaps the most influential book (*) on economics in the history of the world came from a fake.

* let's call it all a book for simplicity

The Bible is even more influential. I take it you are implying that you accept it is 100% the Word of God?

PS. Faulty analogy though. The Pope does not have a blog.

A better analogy would be a blog about religion, written by a religious studies professor, who talks about both the Pope AND about L Ron.

Which seems perfectly reasonable to me.

The world's most famous doctor is Dr. Phil, and he's every bit as good at his profession as Marx was at his, yet one rarely sees medical blogs writing about him.

Spoken like a true economist; Dr. Phil impacts millions upon millions of people, but he's a hack, so we should ignore him.

FTR, Philip McGraw is a clinical psychologist, not a physician. Before he was on television, he was in the jury consulting business. He said he went into that business because he was a wretched psychotherapist and he was a wretched psychotherapist mostly because he was irked, bored, and impatient with his clients.

Because its weird for an economics blog to talk about economics books about the world's most famous economist.

It's a biography, not a book on economics, and Marx was a social theoretician, not an economist.

... so why do you think Tyler is pushing this Marx bio-book here ?

Because that's how he rolls. TC would never be outre enough to say that Marxism was a sociological dead end and inspired a great deal of vicious behavior on the part of officialdom. Its a relic of interest to intellectual historians and to students of 20th century political life (as well as the political life of relict Marxist regimes like that of Cuba). Saying Marxism in manure is status-lowering in the faculty rathskellar, where an interest in Marxism is regarded as a charming.

“Saying Marxism in manure is status-lowering in the faculty rathskellar, where an interest in Marxism is regarded as a charming.“

There are University departments wherein it is highly risky, professionally speaking, to have a skeptical or jaundiced view of Saint Karl.

Last week Teen Vogue promoted Marx. This week MR.

That can only mean a Disney movie about Marx will be out in time for Christmas.

It is sort of interesting, the internet is by design great at self-reinforcing trending topics. So ,it's hard to tell what's cross marketing/PR campaigns, and what is simply due to the amplifying echo effect of re-posts, reviews of reviews, and aggregators etc.

I can only imagine the musical numbers of the Disney Marx.

Let it go (until the inevitable crisis of capitalism)

A Whole New World (where the state will wither away in a vaguely unspecified manner)

At last I see the light (and the dialectical progress of History)

Circle of life (in the relationship between capital and labour)

Tale As Old As Time (until final socialism is achieved)

(Profit is a diminishing) part of your world.

...and so on.

More MR readers should read Marx for the insights he has in the workings of capital and political economy. Truly a one of a kind, first rate mind.

I've read my share of Marx. Not compelling, and bad at economics IMO. I'm not quite sure what he was- sort of philosopher, but mostly a political/sociological thinker.

Give the devil his due- two centuries on, his shadow looms as large as any writer/thinker of the past two centuries. There is obviously something there that genuinely speaks to generation after generation of those discontented with the ambiguous charms of capitalism, despite a series of horror shows in 20th century applications. So be it.

The guy and what he thinks are deserving of serious respect on this basis alone, just like, in a smaller way, Donald Trump getting 63 million votes for President deserves some respect, or, in a bigger way, the billions of people following the words of, say, Jesus or Mohammad, suggest their words are worthy of respect.

There is obviously something there that genuinely speaks to generation after generation of those discontented with the ambiguous charms of capitalism,

Speaks to the intelligentsia, who disrespects merchants and manufacturers. The vernacular base was modest and evanescent outside of the Mediterranean except when it could be re-inforced by the secret police. Along the Mediterranean, it's suffered long-term decline.

Well yeah, there's the impressive, persistent representation in many of the less rigorous corridors of academia; I'm not sure how much to worry about that.

But at ground level, trying to raise and civilize kids for 15-20 years and then having them work out how "From each according to ability, to each according to need" is a dangerously alluring idea for a large society is tricky. Marx will continue to be part of the lifecycle of people's thoughts, so we may as well get used to it.

But at ground level, trying to raise and civilize kids for 15-20 years and then having them work out how "From each according to ability, to each according to need" is a dangerously alluring idea for a large society is tricky.

Sorry about your domestic problems. Youngsters addled in this way really aren't that common.

I suspect you developed your thesis of adolescent addlement from a comfortable distance and dubious sample size.

"Truly a one of a kind"

Thank goodness. One of his kind is all the world can stand.

Horse Feathers.

a bigtime loser, karl marx, he was

karl marx, knew how
to write, but everything else was a wreck

dear, lil f o, nobody, s heads . . .

dames surround me, i speak, . . .

had so much phd in me, that most times i prefered to not to speak

living in the moment, you wish

surrounded by dames, you know it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0f5ZG9LG6k

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guKoNCQFAFk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLN72sR9w0M

big buck, kicks back, lil', f o, nobody, so ho's
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrsq1werkfs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Febr_t_qa9U

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSQCatgWaEE

sometkmes, i play a song like that, it's like, y should i give n s? liseten up f o's

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6h41_f9IyIU

i donT want to live in a woirld without that too

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kp9G0zkorio

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h33h90xbFeM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCDZzf4ragg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmyGa29zIqk

When Marxism and capitalism lead to authoritarianism, we must ask ourselves whether the theory is flawed or the men who implement it?

And if Marxism and Capitalism both led to pineapples, Thiago would be along to tell us we could all have Caipirinha.

If we wanted to ground this claim in some sort of theory, we would quote this blog's favor ex-Trotskyite, James Burnham and his Managerial Revolution

Neil Irwin and colleagues at the NYT have come up with the Marx Ratio, how much publicly-traded companies reward shareholders vs. rank-and-file employees: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/05/21/upshot/marx-ratio-median-pay.html

When is the bio of Alfred Rosenberg coming out?

If we are writing fawning bios of crackpot ideologues who inspire the murder of millions, he seems like a good choice..

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