Charles R. Menzies
New Proposals: Journal of Marxism and Interdisciplinary Inquiry
Vol. 3, No. 3 (June 2010) Pp. 5-6
Marxism retains an incisive core that helps understand the dynamics of the world within which we live. Marxism points to the inherent contradictions of our social formations; it highlights the ways in which power is structured through ownership; it puts the spotlight on the function of states in the accumulation of capital and the redistribution of wealth from the many to the few.
Understanding how those with power operate is of critical importance and Marxism provides an analytic lens through which to examine how power operates. On the global scale it provides a way to tease out the linkages between media corporations, oil rig operators, and vested government officials. At the local level it gives one a clear understanding of how business works (not in the MBA cheerleading sense) and facilities intervention and engagement with businesses desiring to develop and appropriate Indigenous land.
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