Review: Marxism and Politics

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Australian Left Review, Vol: 1, Issue: 70, Page: 45-47

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Coates, Roger
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Marxism and Politics, Ralph Miliband, Oxford University Press, 1977, pp. 199. $A5.95. Arguably the most interesting and, probably, most controversial part of this important book is the chapter on reform and revolution. Of course, Miliband is not the first to tackle this aspect of marxism. A great number of the ideas, references and issues he writes about have been dealt with over a long period of time by others — not least by Marx and Engels them selves. But few, if any, have set out the situation so well in the space of a few thousand words. Miliband has systematised and analysed many of the key problems and, while he hasn’t provided final solutions, he has asked many of the right questions.