From: Ian Wright (wrighti@ACM.ORG)
Date: Mon Oct 29 2007 - 15:10:12 EDT
> it must be > demonstrated rather than merely asserted and must be a component > part of a scientific critique. Now that we agree it is OK to claim that a theory represents particular class interests the discussion is back on track. My claim was not "merely asserted", I gave a reason: Sraffa's theory is "even handed" in the sense that it attempts to deny the logical possibility of any theory of economic value, be it marginalism or the labour theory of value. I of course strongly object to you associating my use of the method of historical materialism with the murderous history of Stalinism vs. Trotskyism vs. Anarchism, and the implication that the method of historical materialism necessarily leads to such outcomes. It reminds me that you also once objected to my labeling of post-modernism as "anti-Marxist" along similar lines. All I can say is that you are projecting all kinds of unpleasant nonsense onto me, and I want nothing to do with it.
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