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The War Against Marxism

Marxism has provided the ideological impetus to liberation movements, radical struggles and revolutions across the world. But in the 20th century, the emancipatory and democratic power of its thought has often been distorted and overridden by various Stalinist dictatorships which claimed to be acting in its name. A similar undermining of freedom of thought has been accomplished at an intellectual level; various schools have transformed Marxist thought in line with some of the most fashionable but gentrified forms of contemporary philosophy, shifting the focus from the democratic power of the masses and their ability to challenge the capitalist order to concentrate on superstar thinkers and elite theories.


The War Against Marxism traces the war against Marxism which, paradoxically, has been conducted in the name of Marxism itself. As such it provides a fiery philosophical and polemical indictment of so-called 'Marxists' such as Adorno, Horkheimer, Althusser, Jameson, Eagleton, Mouffe, Laclau and Zizek and asks what can be done to stem this counterrevolution.

The War Against Marxism

  • Tony McKenna

    Against Marxism traces the forces working in opposition to Marxism and claims that the most forceful and insidious of these come from within Marxism itself.
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    Imprint: Bloomsbury Academic
    Publication Date: 03-06-2021
    Format: Hardback | 216 x 138mm | 280 pages
  • About the Author

    Tony McKenna is a journalist and cultural commentator. He is author of Toward Forever: Radical Reflections on History and Art (2020), Angels and Demons: A Radical Anthology of Political Lives: A Marxist Analysis of Key Political and Historical Figures (2019), Art, Literature and Culture from a Marxist Perspective (2015)

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