[OPE-L:6318] Re: Re: Re: recent science and society and Fred M's interpretation

From: glevy@pratt.edu
Date: Tue Jan 15 2002 - 20:15:38 EST

Re Rakesh's [6315]:

> My first answer is simple and predictable: if the average rate of
> profit is not ultimately determined by labor time relations, then
> capitalism cannot give rise to those contradictions in the process > of production that Marx, as a materialist, thought were the 
> precondition for the revolutionary activity of the only the 
> subject that Marx  thought had even the latent power to actually 
> effect a transition in the mode of production--the working class.

What specificially are the 'contradictions' in the process of production which are the 'precondition' for revolutionary activity by the working class and why can't this same conclusion concerning the working class be derived sans value analysis?  

A historical note: Marx was a dedicated revolutionary who believed in the revolutionary role of the working class -- from a materialist 'scientific socialist' perspective -- long before he developed his critique of political economy.

In solidarity, Jerry

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