Proposal of a Hegelian Marxism - Thanks - Text

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This book was made possible mainly thanks to the student demonstrations of 2011, which shook the routine politicking throughout Chile, and opened a vital and innovative space for genuine political activity. In this context I was privileged to participate in dozens of panel discussions, lectures and discussions with students in occupied schools and colleges, as well as universities on strike in Santiago and in many cities of Chile. Discussing concerns about education almost always spread to the much broader neoliberal system and the shameful role of the Concertación coalition, which for twenty years promised the rainbow with the only result of destroying public education and health systems, denationalization of basic resources, privatization of water, electricity, communications, roads and even prisons. From that contingent critique, many students went on to questions on political theories and doctrinal elements that could support a political action of longer breath. Colleges and universities began to fill with anarchist groups, the parties youth organizations and multiple Marxist collectives saw a new increase its ranks, many students, perhaps most of them, approached groups that called themselves, in various ways, autonomous, mistrustful of politics and traditional theory. Like never before in this country, collective study groups and education or theoretical discussion initiatives abounded. It is in this environment, in order to these discussions, I have completely rewritten this book. So it is primarily devoted to student protesters and to their hopes.

Within this wide culture of student discussion, perhaps one of the larger and most consistent organizations of greater projection, is the People's University in Valparaiso. Thanks to an invitation from colleagues who form their organizational core, I could give six sessions in September and October 2012 on "The idea of class struggle in Marxism." In these sessions I was able to complete the development I had started in January 2012 of four days on the same subject, invited by the Students of the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Chile. Many of the ideas in this book come from the processing that I was forced to by the critical questions of these students.

I also thank Arcis University, where I have had for many years the only regular course in a university curriculum which is held in Chile on Marx's as a whole, and students of the School of Sociology, who annually provide concerns that make this course go on living and accumulating new reflections. I thank, in particular, to Arcis University Publishing, which published the first edition of this book, for the facilities offered for changing publishing house in this second version. Correspondingly, I appreciate Silvia Aguilera and Slachevsky Paulo, Editorial LOM, friendly reception and patience with which they for years have accepted my vanities and emergencies.

I could not have written and completed this book, amid the tribulations of a dozen of college courses each semester to do, if not for my huge admiration for Dolores Aguirre (Perota Chingo), whom I love, against all prudence and care. Much of the emphasis and hopes it contains come directly from her smile.