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

From: michael a. lebowitz (mlebowit@SFU.CA)
Date: Tue Jan 06 2004 - 10:33:43 EST

At 14:05 02/01/2004, Rakesh wrote:

>>>         Let's agree that 'workers' revolutions in the so called North or
>>>West' would solve a lot of problems (although not all). Let's also agree
>>>that these don't seem to be on the horizon (unless I'm badly out-of-touch).
>>>The question then becomes what those in the 'South' who want to put an end
>>>to the barbarism of capitalism should do. E.g., what should be done in
>>>India? You appear to agree with Paresh (and, I would guess, Rosenberg) that
>>>attempts at exploding the existing societies of the South under the current
>>>conditions would be quixotic, but you haven't answered my questions.
>>         Really, Rakesh, what is to be done?
>>                 michael
>What should be done in India? I was persuaded by Jairus' arguments
>against Gail Omvedt for splits within so called kisan movements.

         I'm afraid this response is a bit too obscure (or, perhaps, even
evasive) for me. My question is simply that you have defended Paresh's
perspective in which he talked about Marx having 'the last laugh' re the
Soviet Revolution, and you have talked accordingly about the necessity for
workers' revolutions in the 'North'. In the absence of the latter, what is
to be done in India?
Michael A. Lebowitz
Professor Emeritus
Economics Department
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, B.C., Canada V5A 1S6
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