A Liberal Marxism? Mutual Care, Global Humanity and Minimum Utopia

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This article surveys The Norman Geras Reader: ‘What’s There is There’, a recent collection of the work of Norman Geras, edited by Eve Garrard and Ben Cohen. The article explores the relevance of Geras’s attempted reconciliation between liberalism and Marxism to some of the key issues confronting the contemporary left: foreign policy and the failures of humanitarian intervention and non‐intervention; internationalism and the necessity for solidarity across borders in an age of nationalist populism; left approaches to totalitarianism and antisemitism; the possibilities and limitations of alternatives to and critiques of liberal capitalism; and the reinvigoration of utopian imaginaries and the futures they promise. It suggests that important lessons for the left can be unpicked from the contested legacy of the ‘decent leftism’ Geras represents, where reapplied in the wake of new political and diplomatic challenges.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-242
Number of pages8
JournalPolitical Quarterly
Issue number1
Early online date21 Jan 2020
Publication statusPublished - 30 Mar 2020

Structured keywords

  • Global Political Economy
  • MGMT Work Organisation and Public Policy
  • MGMT theme Global Political Economy


  • Marxism
  • Liberalism
  • Foreign policy
  • The Left
  • Utopia


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