Beyond Capital : Toward a Theory of Transition by István Mészáros

By István Mészáros

This can be a hardcover reproduction of Istvan Meszaros' 'Beyond Capital'. The textual content is a wonderful counterpoint to either French Structuralist Marxism in addition to either manufacturers of Soviet Marxism (Trotskyist and Stalinist), stating the failings in either dialectical materialism (it's strict adherence to an indefatigable heritage because the scene of political improvement) and structuralism (the desire for a progressive 'plan' or blueprint for innovative politics).

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And accordingly, he demands a constitution opposed to the monarchy. These two demands converge in his assertion of democracy as the only constitution adequate to man's true political nature. Only in democracy, he asserts, is man himself really the originator and shaper of the constitution, and the state really an objectification of man's social species-being. Thus, democracy is the generic constitution relative to which monarchy is an aberrant species. At best, monarchy is a constitution in which one man stands as the symbol of the sovereignty inherent in every man; at worst it is a constitution in 1 2 3 5 See above, pp.

83, 96. lx 1 4 See p. II4 below. Seep. 62, 64, 125. 2 Seep. 122-3, 126-7. lxi 3 Seep. rrs. s Seep. n8. I EDITOR's INTRODUCTION EDITOR's INTRODUCTION which one man monopolizes the sphere of political existence to the exclusion of everyone else and reduces them, in effect, to a despicable and dehumanized condition.! Moreover, only in democracy do the people fully participate in determining and executing public affairs, the affairs of the state, that is, their own affairs as social beings. The means for this participation is universal suffrage, both active and passive.

J Thus, what is sometimes referred to as Marx's anarchism, his call for the disappearance, dissolution, or abolition of the state, grows out of his systematic critique of The Philosophy of Right, and specifically of Hegel's doctrine that the Estates are the principd institutional agency for the integration of man's social and political life; thus his anarchism must be 1 2 See pp. 20, 29--30; cf. Marx's letter to Ruge (May 1843) cited above (pp. xxvi-vii), and his remarks in the Critique, p. 26 below.

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