By August H. Nimtz
While Alexis de Tocqueville defined the US because the 'absolute democracy,' Karl Marx observed the kingdom as a 'defiled republic' as long as it accredited 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 yankee democracy than Tocqueville simply because they well-known that the overthrow of slavery and the cessation of racial oppression have been important to its consciousness. 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 group against the slavocracy ahead of the Civil conflict, and that Marx seriously supported the Union reason. This powerful and insightful research into the ways of 2 significant thinkers offers clean perception into earlier and current debates approximately race and democracy in America.
August Nimtz's scholarship's establishes past query that Marx and Engels, now not Alexis de Tocqueville, have been the main profound scholars (and proponents) of democracy in nineteenth century the US. a person who thinks Marx and Engels have been the highbrow fathers of twentieth century totalitarianism should be to benefit that they're extra correctly visible as supporters of radical democracy for blacks and all different oppressed humans on this planet. (John Manley, Stanford University)
This striking examine combines an acute critique of Tocqueville's celebrated writings at the usa with a provocative appreciation of Karl Marx's some distance much less famous 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 information a residing Marxism, dedicated to democratic switch and grounding its concept in engagement with ebbing and flowing social struggles. (David Roediger, college of Illinois)
August Nimtz's paintings is a compelling sythesis of political conception and highbrow historical past. He conclusively demonstates the centrality of the U.S. for the founders of old materialism. Nimitz carefully compares the formulations of Marx and Engels to these of Tocqueville and makes a persuasive case for his or her higher buy on a society outlined through democracy, capitalism and slavery. (Gopal Balakrishnan)
This e-book makes a chain of important...claims referring to Marx and Marxism. . . . it truly is definitely some of the most leading edge and demanding defenses of Marzist conception in fresh many years. hugely suggested. (CHOICE)
...this is a excellent ebook which each activist should still learn and study from. (Socialist Review)
If Marx is the main influential socialist philosopher of the trendy period, Toqueville his leader democratic counterpart, and race relatives the valuable defining factor of yank politics for over 2 hundred years, why have we needed to wait see you later for a scholarly comparability of the taking into account those giants in this query? This booklet, briefly, is lengthy past due, as evidenced through the insights, many rather profound, that fly like sparks in all instructions. scholars of Marx, Toqueville, race in the USA and, probably so much of all, of democracy (both the idea and the perform) will without end be indebted to August Nimtz for this fantastically written and terribly enlightening learn. (Bertell Ollman, long island University)
Bringing Marx's serious suggestions on race to endure on Tocqueville's imaginative and prescient of the United States because the "absolute democracy," this booklet specializes in the attention-grabbing query of why Tocqueville and Marx observed the USA in such noticeably other 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 struggle and his efforts in help of slavery. Marx's and Engels's fight to mobilize German-American staff in aid of abolition and the Union reason is an engaging examine within the position of rules and political supplier in heritage. (Perspectives on Politics)
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There was a striking similarity between their views. Both saw class conflict as relevant only in the European setting and certainly not in the United States, which lacked a feudal legacy. If, as Marx suggests, that it was difficult to see the class struggle in 1852, then for Toequeville in 1831, before the "developmentalist coalition" had consolidated its rule, it was even harder. Marx's observation is valid but it begs other questions; why was Hamilton able to be sensitive to the incipient class struggle in the United States and Tocqueville not?
P. 56. 57. Though it would be instructive to look at Tocqueville's views on American Indians, given the almost complete absence of anything comparable in Marx I have confined this discussion to the situation of Blacks in his analysis. For a thoughtful critique of his views on Indians, see William E. Connolly, "Tocqueville, Territory and Violence," Theory, Culture & Society, 11 (1994): 19-40. 58. Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, Vol. 1 (New York: Vintage Books, 1945), p. 372. Regarding Marx and Engels's views on Blacks, see, p.
Democracy in America: Two Perspectives / 39 87. , p. 199. 88. Ibid, p. 472. 89. This was exactly what he understood about the oppression that Jews faced in Germany in both the political and civil spheres; he was resolute, it should be quickly added, in defending religious and political freedom for Jews. For details, see Draper, Karl Marx's Theory, Vol. 1, pp. 110-13. 90. Michael Goldfield, The Color of Politics: Race and theMainspring of American Politics (New York: The New Press, 1997). 91. ~ p.