In his controversial, candid and witty book Why Marx was Right, the indomitable Terry Eagleton takes issue with the prejudice that Marxism is dead and buried. Taking ten of the most common objections to Marxism – that it leads to political tyranny, that it reduces everything to the economic, that it is a form of historical determinism, and so on – he demonstrates in each case what a woeful travesty of Marx’s own thought these assumptions are.
This month sees the paperback publication of Why Marx was Right, so we took the opportunity to speak to Terry about his engaging book. In this exclusive video interview he discusses why he wrote the book, why Marxism is still a relevant political ideology and why Marx himself has been treated unfairly by history. Look out for more videos from Terry Eagleton in the coming months.
Why Marx was Right is available now from Yale University Press.