This chapter shows that the young Engels was actually the progenitor of the original theoretical framework of Kapitalismuskritik, the Hegelian socialist critique of political economy. This framework is built from a materialist reinterpretation of the Hegelian teleology of history, in which the fundamental opposition between capital and labour will lead to a polarization between a very large and starving proletariat and a small class of capitalists. The chapter shows that these arguments were directly linked to the historical condition of England in the middle of the nineteenth century; these were conditions that Engels and Marx “projected forward” into the future of capitalist development. I argue that Kapitalismuskritik can still shed light on contemporary neoliberal capitalism by beginning with the opposition between capital and labour.

The young Engels and the critique of capitalism: his influence on the young Marx

Solinas, Marco
2022-01-01

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This chapter shows that the young Engels was actually the progenitor of the original theoretical framework of Kapitalismuskritik, the Hegelian socialist critique of political economy. This framework is built from a materialist reinterpretation of the Hegelian teleology of history, in which the fundamental opposition between capital and labour will lead to a polarization between a very large and starving proletariat and a small class of capitalists. The chapter shows that these arguments were directly linked to the historical condition of England in the middle of the nineteenth century; these were conditions that Engels and Marx “projected forward” into the future of capitalist development. I argue that Kapitalismuskritik can still shed light on contemporary neoliberal capitalism by beginning with the opposition between capital and labour.
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