[OPE-L:6291] Re: Re: recent science and society and Fred M's interpretation

From: Rakesh Bhandari (rakeshb@stanford.edu)
Date: Sat Jan 12 2002 - 10:55:24 EST

>Rakesh denies any change between 1924 and 1934, but here is Rick Kuhn:

Paul Z, I do not deny a change or rather development in Grossmann's 
theory of crisis which may have led to harsher criticism of 
sismondi's crisis theory. But the impetus for the change in the 
evaluation of sismondi's crisis theory would seem to be internal to 
grossmann's own theoretical development, not outside political 
pressure from the Bolsheviks.

I also deny that Grossmann begins to heap calumny on sismondi because 
he came to know of lenin's negative views. Grossman's praise of 
Sismondi is unabated.


>"Grossman did not refer to Lenin's earlier, systematic critique of Sismondi
>as a forerunner of the Russian populists.  In a work with which Grossman
>was familiar, Luxemburg (1913, especially pp. 189, 287), had cited
>'Ilyin's' study (Lenin, 1897) in several places.  My views on this point
>have been claarifed in discussion with Paul Zarembka.  When Grossman (1934)
>wrote a brief encyclopeida entry on Sismondi in 1934, he drew heavily on
>Lenin's criticisms.  Following Lenin, as opposed to his own earlier
>position, he characterized Sismondi as an underconsumptionist." ("Henryk
>Grossman, A Marxist Activist and Theorist: On the 50th Anniversary of His
>Death", R.P.E., Vol. 18, 2000, p. 155, fn. 47).
>The Moscow trials began in 1937.

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