“For Marx, Engels and Lenin always followed contemporary philosophy and scientific thought with the greatest attention; but, let us add, with the greatest critical attention. If you observe Marx’s career, you will see that it was not only such outstanding figures as Darwin and Morgan who influenced his thinking. For instance, he was passionately interested in Liebig’s agrochemical experiments, in Mauser’s historical researches and so on. But one must add that Marx’s view of his so-called great contemporaries – I am thinking here of Comte and Herbert Spencer – was dismissive and scornful. I can understand psychologically how today’s Marxists are forever seeking support in the West for their reforms, but I regard it as objectively incorrect. What I would regard as necessary is that we should understand Marxism well, that we should return to its real methodology and that we should try to understand, by employing this methodology, the history of the era after the death of Marx. This has yet to be worked out from a theoretical Marxist standpoint. It is one of the greatest sins of Marxism that there has been no real economic analysis of capitalism since Lenin’s book on imperialism – which was written in 1916” [Georg Lukacs, ‘The Twin Crises. Interview with Georg Lukacs’ (in) New Left Review, Number 60, March-April 1970]