Marx Myths and Legends. Introduction — Andy Blunden

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Andy Blunden  April 2005

Marx Myths and Legends. Introduction


This article was originally drafted as an introduction for the “Marx Myths and Legends” website [ Marx Myths and Legends], but it turned out to be untenable. The attempt to take a position on every aspect of the interpretation of Marx at a rate of almost one paragraph per issue inevitably leads to a theoretical sloppiness worse than any of the sins it criticises. The introduction which needs to be written is the answer to the question: Why now? Nevertheless, as an overview of issues of Marx-exegesis and an expression of personal opinion, it is worth preserving.


A critical reading of the work of Karl Marx requires us to lay to one side the myths and legends which have obscured his ideas over the past 120 years, since only in…

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