Critique of the Gotha Programme, by Karl Marx

Critique of the Gotha Programme, by Karl Marx

Critique of the Gotha Programme, by Karl Marx

Published by Progress Publishers in 1978, 49 pages. A5 size booklet. (N2890)

The Critique of the Gotha Program is a document based on a letter by Karl Marx written in early May 1875 to the Eisenach faction of the German social democratic movement, with whom Marx and Friedrich Engels were in close association. Offering perhaps Marx's most detailed pronouncement on programmatic matters of revolutionary strategy, the document discusses the "dictatorship of the proletariat," the period of transition from capitalism to communism, proletarian internationalism, and the party of the working class.

The Critique is also notable for elucidating the principle of To each according to his contribution as the basis for a lower phase of communist society directly following the transition from capitalism, and From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs as the basis for a future higher phase of communism society. In describing the lower phase, he says that the individual receives from society exactly what he gives to it. The Critique of the Gotha Program, published after his death, was one of Marx's last major writings.

Marxist ideology continues to be one of the dominat political orthodoxies in the modern world, and even today millions of people believe in and adhere to a Marxist interpretation of politics, society and class.

The condition of the booklet is generally very good. The cover has one or two very minor scuffs and blemishes, but the staple spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. A few pages towards the middle of the booklet have some creasing along the top edge.

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