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).