The previous post might help to put Eagleton’s interesting commenatary in perspective. To say that Marx is right is a useful exercise. But, at this point, we are moving on, and we should be considering, not that Marx was right, in the cult of personality around Marx, but that the basic core of the left from the era of the 1840’s had it right. To make Marx the guru of the left is a failed tactic, and simply makes millions see red. We need a different reformulation of the old canon, one that sees that every idea in Marx was a borrowed idea, and to give credit beyond the elitism of Marxists.
Still, Eagleton’s thinking is interesting here, and I think that current moment of the Great Recession shows that we must begin to fulfill Marx by going beyond him, in the coming twilight of the capitalist order.