The present as history
Marxism and post-modernity
in Reflections on the Marxist theory of history
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The statement made by Lukács in History and Class Consciousness, with which this chapter opens, suggests at least one sense in which there is a degree of continuity between the modern and post-modern worlds. The intellectuals in both modern and post-modern worlds tend to regard Marxism with ironic disdain. A good deal of the debate within Marxist circles on the nature of post-modernity centres on the contested interpretation of the undoubted defeats inflicts on the left and the workers' movement since the 1970s. Marx's democratic model of socialism is opposite to the statist model of socialism associated with both Stalinists and social democrats. Fredric Jameson is perhaps the most prominent and influential Marxist to have joined the legion of theorists who have engaged in the debate over the nature of post-modernism.


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