chapter  2
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Pareto’s ‘Psychologistic’ Sociology

Pareto acknowledged a great debt both to Karl Marx and to one of his Italian

popularisers, Achille Loria (Bellamy 1987, 19). He even referred to the idea of class

struggle as ‘profoundly true’ (Burnham 1943, 191). Moreover, the language of Marx

and Engels’ ‘Communist Party Manifesto’ finds clear echoes in Pareto’s claim that

‘the struggle to appropriate wealth produced by others is the great fact that dominates

the whole of human history’ (Hirschmann 1992, 55).