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Marxism Audiobook

Marxism: Philosophy and Economics

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Marxism is a term that many people freely use, but few seem to grasp its implications. Sowell's book is the antidote to this problem. He writes in a fluid and easy-to-follow manner, leading the listener through the Marxian scheme of ideas. Along the way, he shatters some existing interpretations of Marx-interpretations that have developed through repetition rather than through scholarship.

©1985 Thomas Sowell (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Stephen B. Landon 03-14-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Maybe my expectations were misplaced?"

    I read this book primarily as a way to understand my "lefty" friends and maybe gain some perspective as to why the Marxist ideology is attractive. I wanted to feel the pull towards this ideology but with the context that can be supplied by a critical author. Maybe I really need to expose myself to some hardcore Marxist writings, or maybe I'm just too incompatible with this line of thought. A decent enough book, but I never really felt like I couldn't put it down nor did it ever express its ideas in a way that led me to think.

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    Keyvan 09-19-16
    Keyvan 09-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A must read, but a hard one!"

    Sowell's book is, without doubt, one of the most comprehensive studies on Marxism, based on years of research into Marx and Engels' works. It is specifically remarkable for reading through most of the first hand works by the two intellectuals, instead of founding its arguments on mere conceptions and articulations (as done by many), and giving a comprehensive and coherent vision of Marxism. Quite importantly, this vision is based on the philosophical and intellectual framework conceived by Marx and Engels and the historical context of the time, rather than using contemporary definitions and terms to illustrate an idea (and a philosophy) that was proposed one and a half centuries ago.

    However, it is not written as fluently as it claims. Somewhere in the middle, I decided to acquire the book itself, to be able to go back and read some of the sentences several times. The narration does not make things easier, partly because of the nature of the book, and Marxism in general, partly because of the writing style of Sowell, and partly because of the narration itself. E.g. book is full of quotations, and, at times, it is hard to follow when a quotation starts and when it ends. Or, when a footnote ends. Writing style is full of long but complicated sentences, and Louis does not make them easy to follow!

    In sum, if you are an economist, or someone interested in the history of economic though (or the idea of liberty in general), this is a must read for you. But, be prepared for a hard read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maximilian Held Germany 08-02-15
    Maximilian Held Germany 08-02-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Clever, thorough but partisan review"

    Maybe a bit partisan (libertarian?) but clever and thoroughly done
    Wish there was an update -- 30 years is a lot of time in world economic history since publication.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kenton A. Hoover 12-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Material but not an easy "in the car" listen"
    What disappointed you about Marxism?

    Not much about the book, though it's very intricate to listen to the material. I think too much of the special Marx/Engels/Hegel jargon made it a difficult listen while driving.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Thomas Sowell? Why or why not?

    Yes, always pleased with Sowell's books.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The places where the audio was re-read really stood out and were sometimes distracting


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Marxism?

    None -- don't like abridged works.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    M. Bishop 07-25-16
    M. Bishop 07-25-16
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    "Too much academic posturing."

    Not enough time devoted to ideas and tactics of Marx and Marxist. Too much time spent on dates, origins and aurhors.

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    Spencer 07-14-16
    Spencer 07-14-16 Member Since 2014
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    "extremely dispassionate analysis"

    Having read several of Thomas Sowell's books already, I was expecting the entire book to be one giant refutation of Marxism. However, only the last chapter is a critique of the Marxian framework. The entire book before then was explaining all the intricacies and nuances of the system of thought co-developed by Marx & Engels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John L Murphy Los Angeles 03-21-16
    John L Murphy Los Angeles 03-21-16 Member Since 2013

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    "This is the only such title on Audiobook"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The final two chapters, on Marx's acrimonious life and on the legacy of his teachings, remain thought-provoking. But the previous sections bog down into the expected if unfortunate economic analysis that, devoid of personal verve, plod on rather than sparkle.


    Would you recommend Marxism to your friends? Why or why not?

    It's dated, from the later 1980s. After the fall of the USSR, the capitalist move in China, and even the thaw with Cuba, the critiques of state-sponsored socialism as communism need revision. The best parts of this are the look at how Marxism failed on a practical basis.


    What three words best describe Christopher Louis’s performance?

    Plain, unadorned, recitative.


    Did Marxism inspire you to do anything?

    It reminded me of the approach in Jonathan Sperber's recent Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life, from the newly opened MEGA Soviet archives, which confirmed much of Thomas Sowell's jaundiced view about the backward rather than forward-looking nature of much of Marx's theories, and of his dependence on Engels and benefactors for his keep.


    Any additional comments?

    Sowell's suggestion that capitalism is really 75% Laborism, his critique that Marxism fails to account for risk, his dissection of the communist bureaucracy as no better than that in a capitalist system, and his disdain for those who promote an ideology at odds with proven economic results are all worthy of debate by any open-minded reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. A. Schroeder 01-01-16

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    "Thorough and Interesting"
    What did you love best about Marxism?

    It is thoroughly researched and described without EGO.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Marxism?

    Finding out that Karl Marx had to be coaxed (and paid quite a bit) to write Das Kapital, especially the last 2 volumes by Engler. Karl Marx had one job (short lived) as a bicycle messenger...didn't really participate in the system he claimed to understand so well that he could comment on it in 1,000 pages.


    What aspect of Christopher Louis’s performance would you have changed?

    A little more energetic.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Karl Marx was paid and coaxed to write Kapital by Engler...


    Any additional comments?

    It's interesting that no study of human behavior was done to understand how to best govern, motivate and regulate humans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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