[OPE-L] vampire blues

From: Riccardo Bellofiore (riccardo.bellofiore@UNIBG.IT)
Date: Tue Oct 04 2005 - 13:54:33 EDT

At 13:39 -0400 4-10-2005, Gerald_A_Levy@MSN.COM wrote:
>  > No, Jerry, I think Marx believed in ghosts, and especially vampires.
>Well, I don't believe in ghosts or vampires, do you?

in Capital as a vampire? definitely, yes

>  > Definitely these are NOT metaphors.
>Perhaps it would be better to say that they are *literary allusions*?

no, they descends necessarily from what the commodity is.

>  > It is what is materially going on in this very special social reality.
>These references should be interpreted as "ghost-like" or "vampire-like."
>We should not interpret his references to ghosts, vampires, and
>possession too literally.

oh, ok ... but the like is "like"  or not? my 
point is that the commodity compels Marx to speak 
the language of ghosts and vampires.

>Marx was entitled -- like all authors -- to some artistic and creative
>liberties in his writing, wasn't he?   I'm certainly happy that his writing
>style was far more *expressive* than that of, say, Ricardo or Sraffa.

No, I think that the style and the language, for 
Marx as well as for Keynes, were intrinsic to his 
method and content. No "mere appearance". It is 
necessary form.

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