chapter  2
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Simone Weil on Marxism: work relations, production, and progress

The year 1934 marked an important point in Simone Weil’s intellectual development in

relationship to politics. Reflecting on her own political experience and on the society in which she lived, Weil attempted to come to grips with the failure of the political

movements of her time, especially the Marxian Communist movement, to mitigate the

oppression of the worker. Her inquiries led her to trenchant criticisms of Marxism, to a

deepening understanding of social oppression, and to original speculations about Western

civilization.