Re: [OPE-L] class theory

From: glevy@PRATT.EDU
Date: Sun Oct 28 2007 - 19:36:06 EDT

>> petty-bourgeois
> Oops, "petit".

Hi Ian;

A petit correction, eh?   (pun

There is a long tradition in socialist
and radical thought, including and even pre-
dating Marx, of
attempting to label opposing perspectives with a "class"
i.e. claiming that another perspective represents the
perspective of another class.

In general terms, I'd say this is
very bad practice: not the kind of thing that those who
pluralism in economics should be doing in the 21st Century.  i also
think it makes for very convincing arguments.  Even _if_
it might have limited
usefulness as part of a critique,
it is the type of assessment that flows from
critique and can
not be substituted for critique itself.  So, when you argue that
you could develop this point at another time and place, I find that
worrisome in the
sense that you have come to the conclusion before
concluding the crtique.

In solidarity, Jerry

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