By August H. Nimtz

While Alexis de Tocqueville defined the United States because the 'absolute democracy,' Karl Marx observed the state as a 'defiled republic' as long as it approved the enslavement of blacks. during this insightful political heritage, Nimtz argues that Marx and his accomplice, Frederick Engels, had a much more acute and insightful examining of yank democracy than Tocqueville simply because they famous that the overthrow of slavery and the cessation of racial oppression have been crucial to its attention. Nimtz's account contrasts either the writings and the civil motion of Tocqueville, Marx and Engels, noting that Marx and Engels actively mobilized the German-American neighborhood against the slavocracy ahead of the Civil warfare, and that Marx seriously supported the Union reason. This effective and insightful research into the techniques of 2 significant thinkers offers clean perception into previous and current debates approximately race and democracy in America.

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August Nimtz's scholarship's establishes past query that Marx and Engels, no longer Alexis de Tocqueville, have been the main profound scholars (and proponents) of democracy in nineteenth century the US. an individual who thinks Marx and Engels have been the highbrow fathers of twentieth century totalitarianism should be to benefit that they're extra thoroughly obvious as supporters of radical democracy for blacks and all different oppressed humans on this planet. (John Manley, Stanford University)

This awesome research combines an acute critique of Tocqueville's celebrated writings at the usa with a provocative appreciation of Karl Marx's a ways much less recognized writings at the U.S. In finding the resource of Marx's insights in a passionate activist main issue with problems with slavery and freedom, Nimtz brilliantly info a dwelling Marxism, dedicated to democratic switch and grounding its thought in engagement with ebbing and flowing social struggles. (David Roediger, collage of Illinois)

August Nimtz's paintings is a compelling sythesis of political idea and highbrow historical past. He conclusively demonstates the centrality of the U.S. for the founders of ancient materialism. Nimitz conscientiously compares the formulations of Marx and Engels to these of Tocqueville and makes a persuasive case for his or her larger buy on a society outlined via democracy, capitalism and slavery. (Gopal Balakrishnan)

This booklet makes a sequence of important...claims pertaining to Marx and Marxism. . . . it truly is absolutely essentially the most leading edge and difficult defenses of Marzist conception in contemporary a long time. hugely suggested. (CHOICE)

...this is a appropriate publication which each and every activist should still learn and research from. (Socialist Review)

If Marx is the main influential socialist philosopher of the trendy period, Toqueville his leader democratic counterpart, and race kinfolk the vital defining factor of yank politics for over 2 hundred years, why have we needed to wait goodbye for a scholarly comparability of the considering those giants in this query? This e-book, in brief, is lengthy past due, as evidenced by means of the insights, many particularly profound, that fly like sparks in all instructions. scholars of Marx, Toqueville, race in the USA and, possibly so much of all, of democracy (both the speculation and the perform) will endlessly be indebted to August Nimtz for this superbly written and terribly enlightening examine. (Bertell Ollman, big apple University)

Bringing Marx's serious innovations on race to undergo on Tocqueville's imaginative and prescient of the US because the "absolute democracy," this ebook specializes in the attention-grabbing query of why Tocqueville and Marx observed the USA in such significantly alternative ways. . . ..The writer recounts with grace, ardour, and impecable old aspect the unappreciated tale of Marx's involvement within the reason behind the yank Civil battle and his efforts in aid of slavery. Marx's and Engels's fight to mobilize German-American employees in help of abolition and the Union reason is an interesting learn within the function of rules and political enterprise in heritage. (Perspectives on Politics)

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The newly formulated "materialist conception of history" is clearly what informed Engels's position-views that paralleled those of his partner regarding Mexico, as will be seen later. Ten years later, however, Engels saw the "barbarians" in a very different light. "From the first occupation of Algeria by the French to the present time, the unhappy country has been the arena of unceasing bloodshed, rapine, and violence.... This barbarous system of warfare has been persisted in by the French against all the dictates of humanity, civilization and Christianity ...

The newly formulated "materialist conception of history" is clearly what informed Engels's position-views that paralleled those of his partner regarding Mexico, as will be seen later. Ten years later, however, Engels saw the "barbarians" in a very different light. "From the first occupation of Algeria by the French to the present time, the unhappy country has been the arena of unceasing bloodshed, rapine, and violence.... This barbarous system of warfare has been persisted in by the French against all the dictates of humanity, civilization and Christianity ...

I owe this insight about Tocqueville to Laura Janara, specifically, chapter 4 of her dissertation, "After the Mother: Authority, Autonomy and Passion in Tocqueville's Democracy in America," University of Minnesota, 1998. 53. Tocqueville, Vol. 2, pp. 250, 258. 54. , p. 199. , 327. Here, he makes clear that he is only referring to Europe though the implications for the United States in his thinking can only be speculated on. 55. Seymour Drescher, Dilemmas of Democracy: Tocqueville and Modernization (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1968), p.

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