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Brazilian Journal of Political Economy

Print version ISSN 0101-3157On-line version ISSN 1809-4538

Abstract

FEIJO, RICARDO LUIS CHAVES. The origins of anti-capitalism in the young Marx. Brazil. J. Polit. Econ. [online]. 2019, vol.39, n.4, pp.689-709.  Epub Oct 17, 2019. ISSN 1809-4538.  https://doi.org/10.1590/0101-31572019-2967.

The objective is to demonstrate, based on new biographies, that the essay On the Jewish Question reveals an element of anti-Semitism that played a fundamental role in the conversion of Marx to Communism. Criticism of the Jew served to support the Marxian thesis that capitalism, identified with Judaism, is evil. New sources have reinforced the suspicion that not only is there at this time of 1843-44 an element of anti-Semitism in Marx’s writings, but that this sentiment played a key role in his conversion to communism. This is what this essay seeks to prove.

Keywords : Marx; anti-Semitism; communism; civil society; State.

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