In an extended review essay, labor studies scholar Michael Merrill evaluates three recent major works on Marx and Marxism. While crediting all three authors — Eric Hobsbawm, Michael Heinrich, and Fredric Jameson — with significant insights, he takes the latter two to task for uncritically accepting Marx's argument about the inevitability of labor's exploitation in market societies and, drawing upon a wide-ranging literature, offers an alternative perspective.

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