Re: (OPE-L) "Marx, Markets and Meatgrinders: An Interview with Bertell Ollman" from Political Affairs

From: Francisco Paulo Cipolla (cipolla@UFPR.BR)
Date: Thu Mar 04 2004 - 15:41:51 EST

Regarding the theory of the capitalist state, one of the "pressing questions
in marxist theory", some elements emerge from Capital:
1. taxes (?)
2. public debt (Chapter on credit, vol III)
3. regulation of the use of labor power (Chapter on Working day, Chapter on
Modern Industry)
4. role of guaranteing liquidity to the banking system in crisis (Chapters
on credit,  vol.III)

Could one say that the theory of the state in Marx is derived from all
processes that could go wrong in the capitalist market system, processes in
relation to which the state has to develop means to deal with on a
systematic basis?
What is our basic reading, if any, for this issue?

glevy@PRATT.EDU wrote:

> Note especially the answer to the last question -- "What are the most
> pressing questions in Marxist theory?".
> In solidarity, Jerry
> "Marx, Markets and Meatgrinders: An Interview with Bertell Ollman," by
> Joel Wendland
> Editor’s Note: Bertell Ollman is a professor of political science at New
> York University. He worked in the middle 1960s as an adviser to the
> Michael Manly government in Jamaica. He invented the board game Class
> Struggle. He is the author of numerous books on Marxism, most recently,
> How to Take and Exam…and Remake the World, Ballbuster?: True Confessions
> of a Marxist Businessman, and Dance of the Dialectic: Steps in Marxist
> Methods.

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