Class Warfare in France:
Neo-Marxist Interpretation of Social Protests


Schulz V.L.

Dr, Sci. (Philos.), Correspondent Member, Russian Academy of Sciences, Depatment Head, M. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia cona01@yandex.ru

Liubimova Т.М.

Dr. Sci. (Philos.), Cand. Sci. (Philol.), Moscow, Russia t.ljubimova@yandex.ru

DOI: 10.31857/S013216250007108-1
ID of the Article: 7849


For citation:

Schulz V.L., Liubimova Т.М. Class Warfare in France: Neo-Marxist Interpretation of Social Protests. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2019. No 10. P. 27-38




Abstract

The article raises the question of how applicable the findings of the Marxist doctrine might be in analyzing modern-day social events, including the yellow vests protest movement in France; compares the presidential campaigns of Emmanuel Macron and the Socialist Party during the 2017 French presidential election; discloses the optional and superfluous nature of labor in public life as well as other unprecedented ideas in the campaign of the Socialist Party; the win of E. Macron at the presidential election is considered as a win of public image over election program; the present French protests are compared to the events of May 1968 and the autonomous far-left anarchist movement of 2008; the Marxist formula of surplus value is adjusted for the post-industrial era; new ideas are outlined in the interpretation of historical records of implementing the ideas of K. Marx in practice; reasons are provided for a possible new «communist utopia» based on planned economy and using the benefits of the algorithmic society.


Keywords
marxism; surplus value; social protest; algorithmic society; market economy; planned economy; neoliberalism; noosphere; limits to growth; consumer society; affluent society
Content No 10, 2019