In the Name of Marx


Aakar Books, 2018

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Jal is a Marxologist who brings in Marx's original ideas of the Asiatic Mode of Production and Multi-linear historicism in the new understanding of Marxism. He is critical of the idea of 'Indian feudalism' that was theorized and popularized by R.S. Sharma and taken over by almost all shades of Indian Marxists. Jal is an advocate of 'direct socialism' that bypasses capitalism and all its terrible vicissitudes. Combined with this Marxist method, Jal also brings in Marx's idea of alienation in contemporary society where he combines Marx's theory of the reification of humanity with Freud's theory of neurosis and psychosis. He claims that the era of late capitalism which he calls 'late imperialism in permanent crisis' integrates neurosis and psychosis as 'neurosis-psychosis', a mental disorder that has invaded both civil society and the political state. He is critical of the Political Left that ignores Marx's theories of alienation, reification and fetishism.

Murzban Jal

Murzban Jal is Professor at the Centre for Educational Studies, Indian Institute of Education, Pune and author of the Seductions of Karl Marx, Zoroastrianism: From Antiquity to the Modern Period and The New Militants. Jal is both a classical Marxist and as well as a Freudian critical theorist who bases his research on Marx and Freud's theories of alienation in the late capitalist society. Then he combines the Marxist theory of objectification of humanity with Freud's theory of Neurosis and Psychosis. His recent claim is that the old stages theory of Psycho-Analysis where Neurosis and Psychosis are divided into two distinct stages of mental illness is now redundant. Instead, he claims that both Neurosis and Psychosis are integrated as neurosis-psychosis. Combining the understanding of the neurosis-psychosis as the new disorder of contemporary society, he argues for a model of mass politics where the idea of humanity as humanity is kept at the centre of an alternative society where the programme of de-alienating humanity is hurled as a new philosophical and scientific discourse.