Stalinism - A Metamorphosis of Liberalism or Marx - The Last of the Liberals?
Kedge Business School; Aix Marseille Université-LEST - CNRS 7317
May 5, 2011
Liberalism was born as a utopia against monarchy and religion; it became the ideology of capitalism. This essay sets out that Marx's thought is above all a criticism of capitalism, and therefore it also represents the utopia corresponding to capitalism, described as a "communist" utopia, the main thrust of which relates to social relations within capitalism. In this way he could be consider as a liberal. It is why Stalinism is more an avatar of liberalism rather than a Marxian heritage.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 9
Keywords: Liberalism, capitalism, marxism, stalinism
JEL Classification: B14, B15
Date posted: April 13, 2011 ; Last revised: May 8, 2011