(OPE-L) Re: Dismal Science

From: glevy@PRATT.EDU
Date: Thu Jan 01 2004 - 21:45:45 EST

Hi Phil.  I'm still not quite sure what you are trying to get
at, but I quite agree that he (Marx) didn't 'arrive at' Pareto's
concept of optimality.   This is not to suggest that Marx would
necessarily reject optimization methods for _all_ subjects;
rather, I think that he understood capitalism  as a subject
in which optimality played no central role in that system's dynamics.

In solidarity, Jerry

> But there is no way he is going to arrive at Pareto behaviour, as far as
> I can see.

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