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On Your Marx
‘Marxism exists in 19th-century thought like a fish in water: that is, it is unable to breathe anywhere else.’ Variations on this claim, made in 1966 by Michel Foucault, had decades of oxygen in the West.
But today, the work of Karl Marx is again breathing life into a range of Western movements. Within Black Lives Matter, Jeremy Corbyn’s UK Labour or Bernie Sanders’ ‘Revolution’, young people are repurposing thought long dismissed as antique.
In a discussion hosted by Helen Razer, our panellists, including Alyx Gorman, Max Gillies and Nazeem Hussain, describe their practical agreement – and their useful dispute – with this 19th-century European thinker.