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Post-Marxism is a trend in political philosophy and social theory which deconstructs[vague] Karl Marx's writings and Marxism itself, bypassing orthodox Marxism. The term "post-Marxism" first appeared in Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe's theoretical work Hegemony and Socialist Strategy.[1] It can be said that post-Marxism as a political theory was conceived at the University of Essex by Laclau and Mouffe, and was further developed by Louis Althusser and Slavoj Žižek.[1] Philosophically, post-Marxism counters derivationism and essentialism (for example, it does not see economy as a foundation of politics and the state as an instrument that functions unambiguously and autonomously on behalf of the interests of a given class).[2] Recent overviews of post-Marxism are provided by Ernesto Screpanti,[3] Göran Therborn,[4] and Gregory Meyerson.[5]


Post-Marxism dates from the late 1960s and several trends and events of that period influenced its development. The weakness of the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc paradigm became evident and Marxism faced a lack since the Second International. This happened concurrently with the occurrence internationally of the strikes and occupations of 1968, the rise of Maoist theory and its synthesis with Marxism–Leninism, and the proliferation of commercial television which covered in its broadcasts the Vietnam War. Subsequently, Laclau and Mouffe address the proliferation of "new subject positions" by locating their analysis on a post-Marxist non-essentialist framework.

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  1. ^ a b McKenna, Tony (May 2014). Cheng, Enfu; Schweickart, David; Andreani, Tony (eds.). "Against Post-Marxism: How Post-Marxism Annuls Class-Based Historicism and the Possibility of Revolutionary Praxis". International Critical Thought. Taylor & Francis on behalf of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. 4 (2): 142–159. doi:10.1080/21598282.2014.906538. eISSN 2159-8312. ISSN 2159-8282.
  2. ^ Mclean, Ian; Mcmillan, Alistair (2003) The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics (Article: State). Oxford University Press.
  3. ^ Screpanti, Ernesto (2000). "The postmodern crisis in economics and the revolution against modernism". Rethinking Marxism: A Journal of Economics, Culture & Society. 12 (1): 87–111. doi:10.1080/08935690009358993.
  4. ^ Therborn, Göran (2008). From Marxism to Post-Marxism. London: Verso Books. p. 208.
  5. ^ Meyerson, Gregory; San Juan, E. Jr. (2009). "Post-Marxism as Compromise Formation". Cultural Logic: Journal of Marxist Theory & Practice. 16. doi:10.14288/clogic.v16i0.191554. ISSN 1097-3087.

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