Historical Materialism , volume 13:4 (251–263) © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2005 Also available online – www.brill.nl 1 I wish to thank Marcus Taylor for saving me from several egregious errors and prodding me to elaborate on points previously un- or underdeveloped. I have also brazenly appropriated several of his ideas. Of course, the errors that remain, egregious and otherwise, as well as any misrepresentations of the purloined intellectual property remain my responsibility. Leigh Binford Holloway’s Marxism Change the World without Taking Power is a work of (anti?)power, imagination and even optimism. One might well argue that it is precisely what we need in these dark times, marked by imperialist wars, a recrudescence of racism and unprecedented ethnic strife. To assert that ‘we’ are powerful, that ‘we’ are deserving, and that, however bad things appear, ‘we’ can change them, offers a strong message of hope that can, indeed, potentially inspire action. But I will argue in this short essay that, despite the message and the seemingly rigorous manner in which it has been developed, Change the World fails in its principal mission of outlining an approach to Marxism that improves on earlier formulations. To arrive at the critique,
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