Marx considered that pushing capitalism to the extremes could only end in self-destruction. This system so far appeared to have overcome all its crises and eliminated all other modes of production, to the point where its devotees saw the coming of the ‘end of history’: an invincible empire ruled by money. But with the recent stock exchange collapse, capitalism may be going through a crisis it will not escape unscathed. And since former Third World countries have now become part of the capitalist market, there will remain but few territories to conquer. Even more so since the planet’s physical resources could easily prove a serious obstacle to unlimited expansion of production. And human race is certainly not ready to give up its quest for what Marx called ‘human life’. Step by step, Denis Collin demonstrates that Marx had predicted the 20th century’s economic evolution in detail, and deciphers its mechanisms up to the present day in the brilliantly instructive and controversial text we have been waiting for.
Denis Collin is a philosophy teacher. He has published Comprendre Marx (Understanding Marx, Armand Colin, 2006), Revive la République ! (New Life to the Republic!, Armand Colin, 2007) and Morale et Justice sociale (Morals and Social Justice, Le Seuil, 1997).