TWO VIEWS FROM THE CARIBBEAN ON KARL MARX’S RELEVANCE TODAY

Raoul Peck

A post by Peter Jordens.

On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth of German philosopher Karl Marx (May 5), Xinhua (New China News Agency) asked Haitian-American filmmaker Raoul Peck and Cuban philosopher Isabel Monal about their views on Marx’s relevance today. Here are excerpts from the news article.

[…] In Paris, where Marx first met Engels, Raoul Peck, director of The Young Karl Marx, told Xinhua that Marxist thinking remains a perfect instrument for understanding the world today. “Every day, there is an article on Marx. Is it that Marx is outdated or not? We realize that Marx is relevant as long as there is a capitalist society,” he said.

[…] In the opinion of renowned Cuban philosopher Isabel Monal, “Marxism has not been surpassed” by any other existing socioeconomic theory. She said that Marxism is not written in stone. Rather it is a work in progress, “in permanent evolution with rectifications, enrichment and the appropriation of new knowledge” gleaned from studies and recent historical experiences, she said. Cuba’s current reform program is an evidence of Marxism’s evolutionary process, “an evolution of the previous society — not a denial of what we have done so far, but a development leap,” she added.

For the complete, original article, go to http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/05/c_137158011.htm.

Raoul Peck and Isabel Monal elaborate on their views of Marx and Marxism in two other Xinhua articles: ‘Marx is my scientific, political backbone’ (April 30) and ‘Marxism not surpassed’ (April 27) respectively.

[Photo sources are http://www.haitianphotos.com/photos/raoul-peck-to-direct-the-young-karl-marx.html and Archiv Rolf Hecker via http://marxforschung.de/fotogalerie/wppaspec/oc1/cv0/ab18/pt44.]

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