Yes, There is an Alternative!
Date Written: 2014-03-01
Publisher: Against the Current
Year Published: 2014
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20388
Review of "Marx's Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism" by Peter Hudis.
Peter Hudis has written a valuable analysis of what Marx said on a critical issue. In this sense it reminds me of Hal Draper's volumes on Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution.
Hudis's subject matter differs from Draper's in that it deals with what comes after the revolution, rather than with how we get there. It also differs in method: While Draper was centrally concerned with Marx's politics, Hudis, writing in what's called the Marxist-Humanist tradition, sees engagement with Hegel's dialectic as an essential part of creating a Marxism adequate to ever-changing times.
Hudis discusses (and in my opinion routs) the argument that Marx opposed discussing the goals and nature of the new society. He agrees that Marx opposes any effort to project a vision of the new society that "comes out of the theoretician's own head, independent of the actual struggles of the proletariat" -- so that they end up "posing the results of their thinking as the subject of history" -- but he presents examples, including many from Capital, where Marx discusses the new society.