From: Dogan Goecmen (dogangoecmen@AOL.COM)
Date: Sat Jun 09 2007 - 08:27:40 EDT
Hi Jerry, you are making three points here. 1st: There are Marxist writers like Kautsky who do not pay attention to citculation. (I did not read this book by Kautsky. So you may be right.) 2nd: Marx is only partly reposible for this. 3rd: Marx wanted grasp the totality. If this is what you want to say I agree with you. However, if this is true why do we call people like Kautsky "ortadox Marxists". Is it not more appropriate to call them revisionist because they revise and leave someting out that is so essential to Marxian theory? Concerning the second point I do not agree with you. In his famous "Preface" to the Critique of political economy Marx talks about social formations as totalities and how they change from one formation to the other. Marx talks there economic structures and how they relate to political superstructures.The term relations of production there must be taken in its most broad sense, including production and circulations spheres alike. Marx's phrase "I am not a Marxist" is reported by Engels to have been expressed by Marx in relation to French Marxists who had almost nothing to do with Marx's theory. (By the way: the expressions "Marxist" and "Marxism" were coined by Anarchists) This is the context in which Marx said I am not a Marxist. Best, Dogan -----Ursprüngliche Mitteilung----- Von: Jerry Levy <Gerald_A_Levy@MSN.COM> An: OPE-L@SUS.CSUCHICO.EDU Verschickt: Sa., 9. Jun. 2007, 13:14 Thema: Re: [OPE-L] exploitation and consumption Addendum: Let's not forget that since it was first written the _Manifesto of The Communist Party_ was more widely read and more influential than all of the other writings by Marx and Engels (... combined?) In a very real sense, it came to express for most Marxists what Marxism meant and there wasn't an emphasis on the role of circulation and consumption for capitalism in that popular, but early, work of Marx and Engels. In solidarity, Jerry > 1. Already during Marx's time there was an effort to simplify, popularize, > and schematize his thought. Recall his famous quip: "I am not a > Marxist". > > 2. The emphasis on production -- rather than grasping the unity of > the production and circulation processes under capitalism -- has > a basis in some of Marx's own writings, e.g. the famous "Preface" > to _A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy_. > > 3. Volume 2 of _Capital_ was published in 1884 and had less of > an impact on post-Marx Marxists than Volume 1. ________________________________________________________________________ Bei AOL gibt's jetzt kostenlos eMail für alle. Klicken Sie auf AOL.de um heraus zu finden, was es sonst noch kostenlos bei AOL gibt.
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