In my own undereducated way, I've always thought that many of Karl Marx's insights were powerful ways of describing economic (and social) reality in a "capitalist" society. Frances Wheen on Normblog has an interesting post on this very topic:
Interesting little essay here: http://normblog.typepad.com/normblog...s_choice_.htmlThe fall of the bourgeoisie and the victory of the proletariat have not come to pass. But Marx's errors or unfulfilled prophecies about capitalism are eclipsed and transcended by the piercing accuracy with which he revealed the nature of the beast. While all that is solid still melts into air, Capital's vivid portrayal of the forces that govern our lives - and of the instability, alienation and exploitation they produce - will never lose its resonance, or its power to bring the world into focus.
Not that I believe in his prescriptions, but the descriptions and analysis are fascinating to me