Engels’ Political Education
It has lately become fashionable in some quarters to treat Engels as the dustbin of Classical Marxism, a convenient receptacle into which can be swept any unsightly oddments of the system, and who can thus also bear the blame for whatever subsequently went awry. No doubt Marx’s profounder philosophical conceptions suffered some transformation and vulgarization as Engels tried to disseminate them in later years.1 But it would be quite unjust to dismiss Engels as a shallow popularizer who misunderstood the system and who himself made no vital contribution to it. His influence on the young Marx is usually acknowledged in the sphere of economics, but what seems to have escaped scholarly notice is the fact that Engels also made a key contribution to the Marxist theory of the state. As we retrace Engels’ political education in the following pages, looking once more for evidences of totalitarian democracy, we may also assess the importance of this contribution.
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