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Equality and the British LeftA Study in Progressive Political Thought, 1900-64$
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Ben Jackson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780719073069

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719073069.001.0001

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Marxists and social democrats

Marxists and social democrats

(p.93) 4 Marxists and social democrats
Equality and the British Left

Ben Jackson

Manchester University Press

This chapter focuses on the dissemination of Marxist theory into progressive thought during the 1930s and its application to theorising about equality. The first section indicates why Marxism achieved such unprecedented prestige in the political debates of this period. The second and third sections of this chapter examine in more detail the materialist critique of social democratic egalitarianism developed by Marxist writers, and the principles of justice they ultimately defended. The final section discusses the partial retreat from this materialist position precipitated by the arrival of the Second World War.

Keywords:   Marxist theory, progressive thought, equality, Marxism, social democratic egalitarianism, justice, Second World War

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