I Marxism, The General Theory We have delayed too long an examination of Marx's theory; its influence on outlooks that we have already discussed has been apparent.
Marx dominates the subsequent development of labour ideology and a great deal else besides. His account of labour and of its 'alienation ' cannot be separated from his world view, from the general explanation he ' gives of history, of society, and of the economic relationships on which it is founded. For that reason it would seem to be wise to give a general account of the theory, however inadequate and superficial it is, and however unnecessary as far as the average reader is concerned. This account will be given, as far as possible, in his own (translated) terms because one of the major problems concerning his meaning lies in his interpretation by various ideologists intending to construct quite different buildings with stone from the same extensive quarry.