[OPE-L:7067] Re: Re: Re: Re: unresolved issues about how contemporary capitalism works

From: nicola taylor (n.taylor@student.murdoch.edu.au)
Date: Thu Apr 25 2002 - 07:35:52 EDT

Hi Simon,

To take a different example: what might the bridge be between theoretical
questions of Marxism (discussed on OPE-L) and the political question
(maleness of Marxism, OPE-L)?  And what do you think might be the special
skills of economists in finding an answer to the question.  I do seem to be
the only active female participant!


At 04:50  24/04/02 -0700, you wrote:
>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
>> 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
>> his theory of value the LTV - this seems a later development to
>> 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?
>> >
>> >Michael Perelman
>> >Economics Department
>> >California State University
>> >Chico, CA 95929
>> >
>> >Tel. 530-898-5321
>> >E-Mail michael@ecst.csuchico.edu
>> Department of Economics,
>> Queen Mary, University of London,
>> Mile End Road,
>> London E1 4NS,
>> UK
>> Tel: +44-(0)20-7882-5089 (direct)
>> +44-(0)20-7882-5095/6 (Dept. Office)
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>Michael Perelman
>Economics Department
>California State University
>Chico, CA 95929
>Tel. 530-898-5321
>E-Mail michael@ecst.csuchico.edu
Nicola Taylor
Faculty of Economics
Murdoch University
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