The Challenge and Burden of Historical Time : Socialism in the Twenty-First Century
A breakthrough in the development of socialist thought,The Challenge and Burden of Historical Timeis both a companion volume to Mészáros’s seminalBeyond Capitaland a major theoretical contribution in its own right. Mészáros, one of the foremost Marxist thinkers of our age, focuses on the tyranny of capital’s time imperative and the necessity of a new socialist time accountancy, and provides a strong refutation of the popular view that there is no alternative to the current neoliberal order. Mészáros offers masterful analysis of the forces behind the expansion of inequality and unemployment, the return of imperial intervention across the globe, the growing structural crisis of the capitalist state, and the widening ecological crisis—along with the hope offered by the reemergence of concrete socialist alternatives. This powerful and provocative new collection defines the challenges and burdens facing all who are committed to a more rational and egalitarian future.
István Mészárosis one of the foremost Marxist intellectuals working today.