[OPE-L:7291] 'De omnibus dubitandum' [was: interpreting Marx's texts]

From: gerald_a_levy (gerald_a_levy@msn.com)
Date: Thu May 30 2002 - 21:07:16 EDT

Re David Y's [7289]:

> I think that the discussion of this issue has been settled, 
in so far as the antagonists have taken sides. Nevertheless 
Fred's articles are important for understanding Marx's position 
and I value them and assume future students of Marx will do as 
well. The point, as I keep on saying, is to change the world and 
develop and extend Marx's standpoint to make this possible. 
Some people think that this means first to criticise Marx and more 
often than not end up destroying the revolutionary core of Marx's 
writings. My position is contrary to this - it is to apply and extend 
that revolutionary core to today's conditions. That is the real test 
of Marx's standpoint. < 

A question:  from *your* perspective, how does the  *continuing*
exploration of and debate about the transformation of values into
prices of production help, in the year 2002, to change the world?

A comment: at the core of Marx's revolutionary perspective was his 
profoundly anti-authoritarian stance towards all that went before him.
*No one* was spared critique, even those he in many ways identified with
and learned from philosophically and politically.  Thus, his favorite 
motto:  'De omnibus dubitandum'  ('doubt everything').   This was Marx's
standpoint -- without which a  thorough-going critique of political economy
would not have been possible -- but is it the standpoint of Marxists?  I
would say that the Marxists who follow Marx's *example* of being _critical
to all_ are in a distinct minority.   Those who insist that Marx's writings --
like the writings of  all other authors that are relevant to understanding the 
subject matter (capitalism) -- must be subject to *critique*, rather than merely
being applied, are operating from a tradition that is inspired by the 
example of Marx and many other revolutionaries in thought and praxis.
If we do not 'apply' this revolutionary anti-authoritarian stance, then we
can not 'apply' his  revolutionary perspective to today's conditions.

In solidarity, Jerry

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