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Dag Strpić ; Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

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The author regards his book Karl Marx and the Political Economy of Modernity,
as a summerized polemical autobiography. For him, above all, Marx is
an extremly successful key for a new understanding of the classical political
and political-economic theory and for its applicability in future analysis and
projections of wayouts from the actual world crisis. Even though in his book
he documented and elaborated ways of completing Marx’s critique of political
economy in accordance with Marx’s plan from Das Kapital, and demonstrated
also the possibility of founding a critical political theory on the basis
of the critique of political economy. For Dag Strpić, a critical political theory,
contradictory to Marx’s planning, would be required already in building a
concretized theory of markets and prices in the “competition of a multitude
of capitals” on the “surface of civil society” – based on Marx’s methodology.
Somewhat aside from that, in this article Strpić is focused on an extended
clarification of the Modern Normal’s meaning. The Modern Normal (MN) in
his book was constructed in an analysis based on a combination of classical
modern and contemporary political and political-economic theory. But also
on analytical use of results of all social sciences and humanities in principle,
and science as a whole – especially by necessity of problem-solving public
policy. With a fundamental and implementational focus on an integral political
science. In this, Strpić holds on to the basic scheme of the Modern Normal,
F1, from his book. Strpić’s Modern Normal in this basic form is designed as
a cross-section view of a corridor of cyclical movements of changing orders
and fluctuating processes in mutually structurized elements of modern nation-
-states and their world-system. Those orders and elements developed various
foundations on classical modern political and political-economic principles.
With various centers of gravity or normals and different formating dominants
in a structure of sequential political/political-economic counterpoints of development
in series of historically different variants of the Modern Normal.
Strpić observes the conjunctures and crises of development of those processes
and orders, and also the actual worldwide economic, political, social and cultural
crisis, through cycles of the Modern Normal as a whole. This is most evident
in semi-centenial and (multi)centenial cycles, and most striking in great
crises and pics of conjunctures.


Marx’s critique of political economy, critical political theory, analysis of the Modern Normal, world-cycles in conjunctures of state-society-economy, political principles of modern development

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