[OPE-L:2764] Re: Marxian empirical research

Paul Cockshott (wpc@cs.strath.ac.uk)
Tue, 30 Jul 1996 15:39:21 -0700 (PDT)

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>Michael W:
>I can see no scientific basis for basing our account of the actual present upon
>a speculative future. Kernel of partial truth here is, of course, the notion
>that the systemic whole within which each element is to be located includes its
>history and its possible futures. To the extent that fetishisation has any
>forward looking import, it lies in this clouding of possibilities immanent in
>developments from present social forms.

Paul C:
Socialist production is not the speculative future but part of the history
of our century. The problems that it threw up in practice are what motivates
our investigation.

Paul Cockshott (wpc@cs.strath.ac.uk)