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James Petras, Scholar And Revolutionary: An Appreciation

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It was in 1960s, that James Petras, a graduate from Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley, materialized as a scholar, part of a university and broader community of a Marxist oriented intellectual and political activists. Petras analysis of political developments in Chile was a fundamental crucible for the making of a revolutionary and anti imperialist. Postmodernism was the major intellectual responses to the demand for revolutionary change in the 1970s. Petras was among the few who stayed the course and held to the line of theoretically informed and politically relevant class analysis. In 1990s at the macro and micro-levels it was increasingly evident that neoliberalism and the pro-growth policies under the Washington Consensus were economically dysfunctional and unsustainable. It was James Petras who helped to see the way forward, which was not to abandon but rather to return to and sharpen the tools of class analysis.

Keywords: Chile; James Petras; Marxist; postmodernism; revolutionary; scholar



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