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Fettered Forces and New Found Freedom

  • Robert X. Ware
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Part of the Marx, Engels, and Marxisms book series (MAENMA)

Abstract

This chapter discusses the idea that post-capitalist societies will out-produce capitalist societies through the development of greater forces of production, an idea that obscures the centrality of issues of freedom for Marx. It also infects ideas about the future inspired by Marx’s work. The mistake comes mostly from neglect and misinterpretations of what Marx actually said. The claim is that the emphasis on development and distribution has corrupted socialist practice and hobbled our imaginations about the future. It is more sympathetic to, and accurate about, Marx to see possibilities of emancipation in socialism because of the way that people in associated labour would use the means of production and disposable time.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert X. Ware
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    • 2
  1. 1.University of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  2. 2.Carleton UniversityOttawaCanada

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