[OPE] what this list is about

From: GERALD LEVY <gerald_a_levy@msn.com>
Date: Fri Mar 06 2009 - 07:26:05 EST

[JB] but the list is surely about inquiry into Marx & Engels's interpretation.

[DZ] Let me make it crystal clear to you now: I did *not* join this

list to discuss "Marx & Engels's interpretation". Please do not reply to

me in the belief that I did. I joined this list for the purpose of discussing political




Wearing my moderator's hat, this is how the list is most simply defined:



"OPE-L (Outline on Political Economy list) is a small, closed list of Marxists

who have been discussing controversial issues in political economy since

September, 1995" http://ricardo.ecn.wfu.edu/~cottrell/ope/archive



The list was never defined so narrowly as to mean that we would

focus only on interpretations of Marx (and Engels). However, those

interpretations form a sub-set of the much larger set (controversial issues

in political economy) and so, therefore, are certainly legitimate subjects for




Which topics we discuss are basically left to the interest and good judgment

of members. It's also obviously the case that while any member can raise

a topic for discussion, the participation of other members is required to

make it a real discussion (as opposed to a soliloquy). An inference from this

is that if you want members to discuss a question, you are well advised

to think about how to pose the topic for discussion in order to achieve

the objective of actual discussion.



In solidarity, Jerry

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