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Richard Wolff: Marxism and Communism

This is a great discussion. My personal views on these questions are something like this: I generally agree with the Libertarian critique of the state, and the Marxist critique of capitalism, but I also agree with the left-anarchist critique of Marxism. The problem I have with nearly all socialists is that I am closer to being a political determinist (although I am not really any kind of determinist) than an economic determinist, meaning I think political power precedes economic power. The state itself is over and above particular economic arrangements. Therefore, the anarchist critique of the state applies to slave states, feudal states, capitalist states, and socialist states. Although I disagree with Libertarians that political power can be completely divorced from economic power or social power.

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