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2. The Growth of the Movement and the Crisis of Theory

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The 'crisis' of Marxism, the development of the movement, and capitalist crisis, all constitute an organic nexus that forbids us from locating the reasons for its advance or stagnation in theory alone. If the development of the socialist movement is tied to the processes of the complexification of economic and political relations, it cannot then be separated from the effects that these same processes have on theory. The crisis of Marxism, in consequence, rather than proof of its inevitable obsolescence, is, instead, an indication of its great vitality, the form adopted by the reversal of the relations between theory, movement and crisis: not only tidying up what existed previously, but also creating new, liberated possibilities in the very process of redefining theory in relation to its own history, social development and the historical character of capitalist development.

Keywords: capitalist crisis; crisis of theory; Marxism; socialist movement

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