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Marxism Philosophy and Economics Sowell leads the listener through the Marxian scheme of ideas shattering some existing interpretations of Marx which have developed through repetition rather than through scholarship cassettes

  • Title: Marxism: Philosophy and Economics
  • Author: Thomas Sowell
  • ISBN: 9780688029630
  • Page: 316
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Marxism: Philosophy and Economics By Thomas Sowell, Sowell leads the listener through the Marxian scheme of ideas, shattering some existing interpretations of Marx which have developed through repetition rather than through scholarship 6 cassettes.

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    1. A subtle paean to Engels Paints a picture of Engels as the precursor, refiner and ultimately the author of most of what today bears Marx s name I exaggerate but it is only because this take amazes me The book is a great intro to Marxism and takes special care to interpret Marx on his own terms and to stick to all his terminologies and conventions and thus resolve some of the apparent contradictions This is definitely a work I will keep in mind during my soon to begin exploration of Marx s works [...]

    2. You can t get away from the importance of Karl Marx to culture, history and politics So I decided I d read Marx s Das Kapital I tried It s impenetrable, turgid, truly painful reading Mind you, I don t mean that in and of itself is a refutation of Marx s claims Human Action, the magnum opus of Ludwig Von Mises, the economist arguably most revered by free market advocates, is easily as impenetrable and painful to read Sometimes it s just the case that some subjects such as the Theory of Relativity [...]

    3. A thoughtful and concise overview of Marxist thought If you d like to learn about Marxism, don t start with Das Kapital or Theories of Surplus Value, start here.

    4. An obviously well researched book, although perhaps scholarly than necessary or maybe I ve just been spoiled by Dr Sowell s accessible works It starts with a detailed description of the philosophy that inspired Marxism, followed by the philosophy of Marxism I wouldn t say this is a basic intro to the basics of Marxism, but a deeper analysis of philosophy behind the man The book is very even handed and uncritical until the final two chapters, that s when Sowell s usual no nonsense assault begin [...]

    5. This book is meticulously researched and possibly the most well cited book I ve ever read at nearly a thousand citations in under 300 pages Sowell does us all a favor combing through everything Marx ever did, said or thought so we don t have to Learning that religion is the opiate of the masses is not an actual Marx quote was a crazy revelation to me It s amazing what you can get people to believe if you say it enough repeatedly Highlights Marxian philosophy looks at the world as a set of proces [...]

    6. November 12,2015 Economics By Ty W Foster Marxism Philosophy Economics By Thomas Sowell New York William Morrow and Company, Inc Thomas Sowell culminates all the ideas of Marxian economics, while dispelling the lies you ve been told about Marx s ideas The author uses the first chapter to previewing things to come in future chapters, like the similarities of Marx and his close colleague Friedrich Engels and how earlier philosophers influenced Marx s ideas The author then proceeds to tell the proc [...]

    7. The main body of the book is a very lucid and thorough exposition of Marxism, and I could find very little fault with it for what that s worth it did a great job clarifying things such as Marx s dialectical method for me.The penultimate chapter is a biography of Marx, and the tone starts to change you can start to see where we re heading The final chapter, the critique of Marxism, has very little to offer Disappointingly sweeping statements and cold war type arguments against existing Communist [...]

    8. Marxist philosophy is blindingly confusing at first blush, and even this distilled and simplified exposition will be a very challenging read to the newcomer That being said, the ideas and their implications are presented very fairly and succinctly by Sowell in this work The final chapter in particular, which lays out Sowell s analysis of the implications and critical errors of Marx s lines of thinking are elegantly powerful in elucidating the reasons why this intentionally compassionate ideology [...]

    9. Though in spots helpful in understanding Marx, and clearly written, the author is simply wrong on the Marxian theory of value Dead wrong I have read enough of Das Kapital to know that Boehm Bawerk s criticism of Marx is spot on A quick search of Marx s big book can yield quotations from Marx that disprove Sowell s odd and oddly defensive thesis on Marxian value Sowell s exposition is way too easy on Marx, especially regarding value theory, of which Marx adapted the biggest error of the classical [...]

    10. Self congratulations I understood almost every page though I had to read some of them several times From this book I realise there isn t a cat in hell s chance of me ever reading Capital It isn t easy but it is readable.I can t discuss in depth the subject of the book, there are others far better qualified than I, but at least I can attack the proponents of Marxism on equal terms few of whom I now realise know much than I anyway.Actually, I m cheating a bit writing this review since I ve been [...]

    11. This was the first Sowell book I read and I read it without knowing anything about the man Sowell or his personal beliefs It was interesting to read and constantly wonder what his true feelings about Marxism were I can honestly say it wasn t until the end chapters where he warned he would be than objective when I figured it out I knew that was the mark of a great book on a complex and controversial subject.This book is a good, solid introduction to the concepts of Marxism.

    12. Marxism is one of those elusive terms that is so often misunderstood that many of the things pundits today either deride or champion as Marxist bear little resemblance to any of the original ideas of Karl Marx Even among academic circles, according to Sowell, many caricatures of Marxism should be accurately described as Samuelsonian Marxism, Sweezyian Marxism, Marxism Leninism, and so forth These derivative forms of Marxism are as different from Marxism as a modern Protestant congregation is fr [...]

    13. This will definitely not be the last book I read about Marxism In exploring my own anti capitalist feelings I m trying to learn about alternate economic theory and philosophy There were some chapters that I had to listen to 2 and 3 times to understand, and others usually the ones with the info that s most relatable to our economic and political climate resonated with me a great deal I certainly wouldn t call myself a communist, but the I learn about socialist ideologies the I want to learn Ov [...]

    14. A free market economist, Thomas Sowell wrote his Ph.D, dissertation on Marxism Years later he wrote this book, reiterating and expanding on his earlier conclusions As an economist, he developed respect for Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, the co authors of the Communist Manifesto, than for subsequent Marxists whom he seems to think would be better described as neo Marxist or perhaps even pseudo Marxists, since Sowell argues that what they don t know about Marxism could fill a larger book than th [...]

    15. Sowell s book is mainly a discussion of the writing and ideas of Marx and Engels It is not an easy read, because Marx and Engels themselves were not clear thinkers More interesting than Sowells analysis of their confused thinking was the fact that the main foundation for Marxism was the philosophy of Hegel Although not mentioned by name in Sowell s book, Hegel s predecessor Kant also played a role in the thought of Marx, in particular, Kant s distinction between appearance and essence Marx dismi [...]

    16. Thomas Sowell explains Marxism better than Marx himself This book is not a critique of Marxism He has confined criticism to the last chapter The book is primarily a systematic analysis and articulation of marxist philosophy and doctrine There is also one chapter dedicated to Marx the man, it neatly dismantles the hagiography of Marx that we have grown accustomed to Marxian ideas are here to stay Like it or not, it will influence all our lives This book is one of the tools we need to inoculate on [...]

    17. Mais um livro fant stico de Sowell e mais um grande aprendizado Aqui, ele explica de forma detalhada e contextualizada o marxismo em todos os seus aspectos econ mico, pol tico, hist rico e filos fico No final, faz uma cr tica devastadora dessa ideologia que tanto causou destrui o pelo mundo uma pena que poucos ler o, mas, ainda assim, seguir o tentando colocar as ideias marxistas em pr tica ou votando para que coloquem Mesmo que isso siga custando vidas e a liberdade de muitos.

    18. While I had no arguments with Sowell s interpretation of the idealogies presented, I found the way in which he presented it to be difficult to follow.

    19. This book is well researched and well written Sowell brings his well paced, concise and enjoyable style to what could have been an arduous read.

    20. Disappointed after reading Thomas Sowell s other books Applied Economics, Migrations and Culture etc.

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