Re: [OPE-L] Was Marx afraid of Ghosts?

From: Paul Cockshott (wpc@DCS.GLA.AC.UK)
Date: Tue Oct 04 2005 - 16:12:02 EDT

Is not the notion of the vampire itself just a literary reflection
of finance capital.
Are not the monster of Dr Frankenstein and the vampire Dracula just
dramatisations of the the contending class of Victorian Britain.

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From: OPE-L on behalf of Gerald_A_Levy@MSN.COM
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Subject: Re: [OPE-L] Was Marx afraid of Ghosts?
Re: [OPE-L] Was Marx afraid of Ghosts?> No, Jerry, I think Marx believed in ghosts, and especially vampires. 


Well, I don't believe in ghosts or vampires, do you?  

> Definitely these are NOT metaphors.

Perhaps it would be better to say that they are *literary allusions*?

> 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.    

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.

in solidarity, Jerry

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