Re: (OPE-L) Re: Paresh Chattopadhyay 'Capital, The Progenitor of Socialism'

From: michael a. lebowitz (mlebowit@SFU.CA)
Date: Fri Dec 19 2003 - 21:02:32 EST

At 09:28 17/12/2003, jerry wrote:
>Mike L wrote:
>Rather, it was a bit of information to add to
> > the  material that Rakesh sent from Paresh and is, I think, a good
> > indication of  where Paresh's reading of Marx has taken him. In the
> > Preface to the new  edition of 'Beyond CAPITAL', I referred to this
> > perspective as follows: 'Of  course, in one of those ironies that Marx
> > would have appreciated, it was  possible to find conservatives of
> > various hues quoting scriptures and  declaring that capitalism's
> > successes and the failures of AES ['Actually  Existing Socialism"]
> > confirmed that Marx was right.'
>You're not actually suggesting that Paresh is a "conservative",
>are you?
>In solidarity, Jerry

No more so than Nathan Rosenberg who made much the same argument, I
believe, and to whom Harry Cleaver responded. Seriously, what would you
call someone who, if Cuba's project were to collapse, might say Marx had
the last laugh or who might argue against accelerating the process in
Venezuela because, in the absence of the fully developed capitalist mode of
production, all attempts at exploding the society would be Don Quixotism?
         in solidarity,

Michael A. Lebowitz
Professor Emeritus
Economics Department
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, B.C., Canada V5A 1S6
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