Re: (OPE-L) Re: Theories of value and price in contemporary Chinese Marxism.

From: michael a. lebowitz (mlebowit@SFU.CA)
Date: Thu Feb 05 2004 - 16:01:14 EST

At 12:14 05/02/2004, jerry wrote:
>Hi Alejandro:
>Do you -- or others on the list -- know what debates on this
>subject have occurred in China by Marxists  _since 1989_ when
>the article by Lichtenstein in the _Atlantic  Economic Review_
>was published?  To what extent are they familiar with
>contemporary debates on these topics elsewhere?
>In solidarity, Jerry

I posted the following a little while ago on pen-l in response to comments
about Chinese Marxists:

>>Subject: China's new Marxist left
>>         I don't know if you  could say that the 'Marxists' were entirely
>> marginalised. At an official conference of Marxist economists in Beijing
>> less than two years ago, I was struck by the vigour with which the
>> assembled Chinese Marxist economists were discussing the law of value---
>> in particular, how to demonstrate that utility yields value and the
>> capitalist is a productive worker. (All this in response to a call from
>> above for updating the law of value for the modern socialist market
>> economy--- and a week before a number of capitalists received the 'model
>> worker' awards for May Day.) Han Deqiang (mentioned in a note by Stephen
>> as China's best left economist) was not invited to the conference (but
>> instead was speaking to many students). He said he probably was not
>> invited because he didn't agree with the theory of productive forces
>> (ie., that all that matters is that the productive forces advance). He
>> will, however, be at the Marx Conference in Havana in May (along with
>> David Harvey, Samir Amin, Istvan Meszaros, Leo Panitch and a host of others).
>>         in solidarity,
>>         michael

Michael A. Lebowitz
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Economics Department
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