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The Classical-Liberal Roots of Marxist Class Analysis

Marx and Marxism 1988

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12/06/2018Ralph Raico

Recorded 15 October 1988 at the Marx and Marxism Conference.

The laissez-faire liberals understood that state violence is used by government agents, employees, and benefactors to exploit the rest of the population. Thus, the liberals understood the economic and political important of "class warfare." Later, though, the Marxists twisted the idea to claim that capitalists "exploit" the workers.


Ralph Raico

Ralph Raico (1936–2016) was professor emeritus in European history at Buffalo State College and a senior fellow of the Mises Institute. He was a specialist on the history of liberty, the liberal tradition in Europe, and the relationship between war and the rise of the state. He is the author of The Place of Religion in the Liberal Philosophy of Constant, Tocqueville, and Lord Acton.

A bibliography of Ralph Raico's work, compiled by Tyler Kubik, is found here.