The Marxists

The Marxists

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By C. Wright Mills. 

Published in 1962 this book charts an ambitious history from Marx and the classical theorists - Lenin, Trotsky, Luxemburg. It deals with Stalin, stalinism, and Khrushchev's secret speech. The book finishes with some comments on the 'new beginnings' - the protests inside and outside the soviet bloc. Mills was an important contributor to the New Left, the school of marxists frustrated with Stalinism. Mills even coined the term New Left in his 'Letter to the New Left' (1960) which concludes: "Isn’t all this, isn’t it something of what we are trying to mean by the phrase “The New Left"? Let the old men ask sourly, “Out of Apathy- into what?” The Age of Complacency is ending. Let the old women complain wisely about “the end of ideology.” We are beginning to move again."