RE: [OPE] Re: Dialectics for the New Century - money and the state

From: Paul Cockshott (
Date: Sun Apr 13 2008 - 18:06:42 EDT

See my blog page article Venezuela and New Socialism
for an instance of what I see to be the implications of the state theory of money
for transition

Paul Cockshott
Dept of Computing Science
University of Glasgow
+44 141 330 1629

-----Original Message-----
From: on behalf of GERALD LEVY
Sent: Sun 4/13/2008 1:40 PM
Subject: [OPE] Re: Dialectics for the New Century - money and the state

> the btopic of money in non capitalist states is really important to reconsider 
> if  we are thinking of  post capitalist or transition processes, tghis is why I am 
> concerned here with the further past.
Hi Paul B:
OK: you're concerned about the subject of the organization of
post-capitalist societies. What I don't really see, though, is the
relevance of that subject to the historical questions associated
with the role of money in ancient societies. The subject of 
whether there should be money, quasi -money (like "Soviet 
Accounting Tokens"), barter or something else (and, more
generally what monetary policy should be)  in post-capitalist
societies should (and will as a practical question, in the societies 
in question) be discussed irrespective of the particular origin of 
and form that money took in pre-capitalist societies.  If there is
some particular question at issue in this debate between Paul C 
and yourself  related to monetary policies in post-capitalist
societies, then I don't know what it is.  A sentence or two 
explaining why you think the ancient historical question is relevant 
to money (or lack thereof) in p-cap societies would be appreciated.
In solidarity, Jerry

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