From: Jerry Levy (Gerald_A_Levy@MSN.COM)
Date: Wed Sep 13 2006 - 22:50:41 EDT
> By the > way, how do you know that "Well, if the subject is > capitalism, then-- for instance -- money is an > essential aspect of that subject"? Ajit: The central and essential importance of money to the subject of capitalism is evident from the fact that products tend to be produced as commodities in that mode of production. > Does this essence > of your subject dance around in the street or you have > used some method of analysis to discover it? Well, yes, to the extent that commodities and money are necessarily linked, it can dance in the street. No need to "discover" its immediate importance -- every child in a capitalist society comes to understand on some level the essential role of money. If you don't have a theory which can say that money is more essential to the character of capitalism than a dog's fleas or a sparrow's chirp, then you don't have any way of saying anything significant about the subject. In solidarity, Jerry > And if it > is the latter, then what is that method that you used > to find this essence out? Assertions are easy Jerry, > but it does not take you too far.
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