From: Jerry Levy (Gerald_A_Levy@MSN.COM)
Date: Wed Mar 08 2006 - 16:46:25 EST
Hi Paul Z, I can't answer your question, but Engels was certainly aware of Harrington. In _On Marx's Capital_, Section III, in the article "Law of Value and Rate of Profit", see footnote #1 (in Progress ed., pp. 102-103). According to Engels, Loria made the charge that is suggested below ("And now he bravely declares that Marx is not at all the originator of this theory; if Aristotle had not already suggested it, Harrington undoubtedly proclaimed it as early as 1656, and it had been developed by a Pleiad of historians, politicians, jurists and economists long before Marx.", Ibid, p. 102) and Engels dismisses it contemptuously. A subject, perhaps, for a Marx Myth and Legend? In solidarity, Jerry Anybody know if Marx did anything on the 17th century J. Harrington? ---------- Forwarded Message ---------- I cannot believe that Marx was not aware of what Harrington did, just about every political writer was, and, moreover, there are so many points in common between the two --- the principal one being Harrington's insistence on the economic foundation of political systems....
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