From: Jerry Levy (Gerald_A_Levy@MSN.COM)
Date: Tue Oct 10 2006 - 12:29:17 EDT
Sent to the 'mps' list. I 2nd his encouagement to keep us informed of their new writings. / In solidarity, Jerry ----- Original Message ----- From: Christopher Arthur Sent: Tuesday, October 10, 2006 6:01 AM Subject: my work Two Papers of mine have appeared. (May I encourage others to keep us informed of their new books and papers.) Historical Materialism 14.3 2006 The Inner Totality of Capitalism Christopher J. Arthur In the Preface to his Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy (1859) Marx announced publicly for the first time a six book plan: I examine the system of bourgeois economy in the following order: capital, landed property, wage-labour, the State, foreign trade, world market. The Preface to Capital, 1867, does not repeat, or repeal, this six book plan, a circumstance that has given rise to controversy over whether or not Marx maintained it. The dominant view, expressed by Rosdolsky, was that the book on landed property was subsumed in Capital Volume III, and the book on wage-labour in Volume I.2 Indeed Rosdolsky takes this so much for granted that he spends most of his time trying to decide exactly when the ‘change of plan’ occurred. The main dissenter was Rubel who attacked this ‘legend’.3 More recently two important books (Lebowitz 1992 and Shortall 1994) have appeared claiming Marx’s work was incomplete, and that Capital alone is inadequate to the issues, and does indeed require complementing by a special study of wage-labour.4 Although these authors conducted a lively debate in these pages,5 both their books are insightful, both stressing the need to develop a theory of the counter-subjectivity of labour. In this paper I readdress the issues from a different perspective, to wit, in the light of value-form theory (the first time this has been done). Capital and Class 90 Autumn 2006 (7-35) Money and Exchange Christopher J. Arthur This paper endorses Marx’s deduction of the need for money to actualise value before considering exchange, then in exchange money’s function as means of purchase follows from money’s ability to actualise value. This is contrasted with the Uno School, who mix concepts from Capital Chapters 1 and 2. The paper goes beyond Marx in presenting a more dialectical derivation of money and a more rigorous account of the logic of exchange. The view of money advanced here gives a basis for its active role in the development of capitalism.
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