Re: [OPE-L] Reclaiming what?

From: glevy@PRATT.EDU
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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