[OPE-L:7061] Re: Re: Re: unresolved issues about how contemporary capitalism works

From: Michael Perelman (michael@ECST.CSUCHICO.EDU)
Date: Wed Apr 24 2002 - 19:50:37 EDT

Thanks, Simon.  Suppose someone approached you and said that they were
dedicated to a socialist vision of the world and requested help on finding
the best way to learn how to achieve socialism.  I think that a rough cut
understanding of the LTV might be useful, but how would it  all the
refinements of it discussed here be of help.  The original list included
highly theoretical questions as well as important political ones.  I did
not see a bridge between the two.

On Wed, Apr 24, 2002 at 11:22:45PM +0100, Simon Mohun wrote:
> A comment on Michael P's question below: I think this is an important issue 
> which raises a whole host of issues concerned with what is the analytical 
> heart of Marxism and how this relates to the socialist project. (I vaguely 
> remember Colletti wrote about this in his essay 'Marxism: Science or 
> Revolution?') Broadly, I don't think that Marxism is much without the 
> labour theory of value (and I am not at all bothered that Marx never called 
> his theory of value the LTV - this seems a later development to distinguish 
> it from the rival 'subjectivist' theory of value from the 1870s and after. 
> Did Marx know anything of the latter?). Hence if value theoretic issues 
> distinguish Marxism in the analysis of capitalism, they must have some 
> bearing on the more concrete questions. But these are not well-developed 
> issues, and I'm afraid I don't have much to add at present.
> Simon
> >How do the value theoretic questions on the list relate to the more
> >concrete questions?
> >
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Michael Perelman
Economics Department
California State University
Chico, CA 95929

Tel. 530-898-5321
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