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Marx, Hayek,and Utopia


E. J. GREEN, CHOICE 33, no. 7 (MARCH 1996)

Green states:  "Sciabarra's book began as a doctoral dissertation when Marxist communism still had a political, not just a historical, existence. The book has a simple structure. Part 1 consists of three chapters that focus on   F. A. Hayek's critique of utopianism. Hayek, a Nobel Prize winning economist, is less known, certainly, than Marx but also than many other anti-utopian thinkers, and the book makes a valuable contribution by presenting his ideas in an anti- utopian context. Part 2 contains three chapters on Marx and final comments that bring out the commonalities in the two discourses. The book deals with scholars who worked at a high level of abstraction, and even though the author writes as clearly as the subject matter allows, it is neither a quick nor an easy read for those not firmly grounded in the Marxist perspective. Footnotes. Graduate, faculty."

Social and Behavioral Sciences -- Sociology

E. J. Green, Prince George's Community College

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