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By Jeffrey Reiman

ISBN-10: 0470674121

ISBN-13: 9780470674123

Grafting the Marxian concept that deepest estate is coercive onto the liberal primary of person liberty, this new thesis from one in all America's most excellent intellectuals conceives a revised definition of justice that acknowledges the damage inflicted by means of capitalism's hidden coercive structures.

Maps a brand new frontier in ethical philosophy and political theory
Distills a brand new notion of justice that acknowledges the iniquities of capitalism
Synthesis of components of Marxism and Liberalism will curiosity readers in either camps
Direct and jargon-free variety opens those complicated principles to a large readership


“In the preface, Reiman says he hopes the publication could be of curiosity to either the proficient layperson and the pro thinker; during this appreciate it succeeds admirably. Written in transparent and lucid prose, the e-book could be a worthwhile source for college students trying to find an creation to Marx and Rawls’s concept on freedom, justice and capitalism.” (Res Publica, 1 March 2013)

“It is probably going that Reiman has reliable replies to those severe reviews. as a minimum, independently of even if his center argument succeeds or falters, the differences, recommendations, and arguments Reiman develops in As loose and as simply as Possibleare of serious value. they should be studied and mentioned via all these drawn to Marx and justice, the genuine stipulations of freedom, Rawls, and post-capitalism.” (Social conception and perform, 1 October 2013)

“As loose and as simply as attainable bargains a truly available advent to 2 significant political thinkers, John Rawls and Karl Marx, to the relation among their respective theories and the paintings of John Locke and Immanuel Kant, in addition to more moderen theories of Jan Narveson and G.A. Cohen.” (Krisis, 1 December 2013)

“Written in transparent and lucid prose, the booklet can be a worthwhile source for college kids trying to find an advent to Marx and Rawls’s inspiration on freedom, justice and capitalism. yet experts also will locate a lot of curiosity right here, too, in view that as we've seen the publication is not only an summary of Marx and Rawls’s notion on those matters, yet an imaginitive try to fuse their insights to create a brand new thought of social justice. even if one is totally confident by means of that ultimate synthesis, Reiman merits credits for trying to exhibit that, whereas the assumption of mixing liberal and socialist has a background, it might nonetheless have a future.” (Res Publica, eight October 2013)

“This is a crucial attempt to reinvigorate smooth liberalism by means of making use of crucial insights from a fading Marxism. Summing Up: hugely steered. basic readers, graduate scholars, and study faculty.” (Choice, 1 September 2013)

A lucid research of Rawlsian liberalism and Marxian thought that indicates the strengths and bounds of every. this is able to be adequate to make the publication crucial analyzing, however the writer is going directly to supply a powerful protection of Marxian Liberalism: an resourceful combination of the proper to liberty with the Marxist critique of non-public property.

—Howard McGary, Rutgers University
Reiman’s intriguing new booklet demanding situations the deliberating political philosophers on either left and correct. Reiman argues that Marx’s critique of the injustice and domination endemic to capitalism has to be mixed with the dedication to person freedom that's the center worth of liberalism. The publication offers impressively transparent and available discussions of refined philosophical rules. it's at the same time an outstanding, unique, and well timed contribution to political philosophy and a great candidate for an undergraduate textbook.

—Alison M. Jaggar, collage of Colorado at Boulder

“…the differences, suggestions, and arguments Reiman develops in As unfastened and as simply as attainable are of significant importance. they should be studied and mentioned by means of all these attracted to Marx and justice, the true stipulations of freedom, Rawls, and post-capitalism.”

—Paul Warren, Social idea and Practice

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Neither healthier vision nor looking more carefully will enable an individual to correct this mistake and see that what occurs at dawn is not the sun rising above the horizon, but the horizon tipping down. The ideology of capitalism is the illusion that capitalism is uncoercive. This illusion is a mistake of the same type as the illusion that the sun goes around the earth. What corresponds in capitalism to the movement of the sun seen from the earth is the free exchange of wages and labor-power between capitalists and workers.

Ideology, for Marx, means beliefs that people hold that are in some way false so that they deceive people about what is wrong with their society. This can happen even if many or most of the beliefs in ideology are true. The crucial falsehood of capitalist ideology is the denial of capitalism’s coerciveness. With this covered over, beliefs, say about how the market works, can be true and yet function ideologically. So, for example, much of what is found in classical or neoclassical economic theory – say, as found in the writings of Milton Friedman – is true about the way markets function to lower prices and rationally allocate productive resources.

Unlike Marx’s own labor theory of value, the moral version makes no claim to account for prices in capitalism. Nor, of course, does this view hold that there is some mystical substance called value produced by labor, or even (as Marx sometimes seems to hold) 24 Overview of the Argument “congealed labor” that has value. Its claim, rather, is a moral one, namely, that what is morally significant about economic systems is that they constitute arrangements in which people work for one another. Crucial then to the moral evaluation of competing economic systems are the proportions in which people work for one another.

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