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Stalinism - A Metamorphosis of Liberalism or Marx - The Last of the Liberals?

9 Pages Posted: 13 Apr 2011 Last revised: 8 May 2011

Bernard Paranque

KEDGE Business School

Date Written: May 5, 2011

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Liberalism, capitalism, marxism, stalinism

JEL Classification: B14, B15

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Paranque, Bernard, Stalinism - A Metamorphosis of Liberalism or Marx - The Last of the Liberals? (May 5, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1808588 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1808588

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