Date: Sat Aug 18 2007 - 10:51:57 EDT
Mike L's _junge welt_ talk just out on _radical notes_ is relevant. Note last sentence especially. Was he referring to the "New Orthodox Marxists" perhaps? In solidarity, Jerry >'Save me from these so-called Marxists who think they have the key >to history in their back pocket! Save me from disciples like those >who followed Hegel and Ricardo!' Few people understood better than >Marx how a theory disintegrates when the point of departure for >theoretical work is 'no longer reality, but the new theoretical form >in which the master had sublimated it.' > >Happily for him, Marx was spared the spectacle of disciples >scandalized by the 'often paradoxical relationship of this theory to >reality' and accordingly driven to demonstrate that his theory is >still correct by 'crass empiricism', 'phrases in a scholastic way', >and 'cunning argument'. Lucky Marx who (if Engels is to be believed) >was before all else a revolutionary whose 'real mission in life was >to contribute, in one way or another, to the overthrow of capitalist >society' - he missed the affirmation by 20th Century scholastics >that what the working class really needs for its emancipation is >proof that he was right all along about the transformation of values >into prices and the tendency for the rate of profit to fall!
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