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Whither anglo-saxon marxism?

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Before the 1960s, the terrain was not completely barren, but the limited political influence of Marxism on the workers' movement the United States and Britain corresponded to the relative weakness of Marxism as a theoretical discourse in these countries. One of the main preoccupations of New Left Review (NLR) under the editorship of Perry Anderson (1962–83) was the humiliating gap between the Western Marxism of Lukács and Gramsci, Adorno and Horkheimer, Sartre and Althusser, Della Volpe and Colletti, and the stunted growth in Britain. In considering Aronson's claim in the Anglo-Saxon context it is necessary to draw a critical distinction.15 Marxism has always operated in two registers. It is both an intellectual tradition and a political movement.

Keywords: Anglo-Saxon Marxism; Aronson; Perry Anderson; Western Marxism



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