[OPE-L:4325] Re: Books 4-6 Revisited

Michael William (mwilliam@compuserve.com)
Sun, 9 Mar 1997 14:42:52 -0800 (PST)

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I don't disagree with most of this, except that that I am (with the benefit
of 120+ years of hindsight) much less sanguine, and somewhat more idealist
(transcendentally) than Marx. IMHO:-
1. The transition away from capitalism will come only as sufficient numbers
of people, on the basis of a clear insight into the nature of their
exploitation, organise to bring about that political change. (I do not
suggest this cannot be a piece meal process of the dialectic of reform and
revolution, not that it must be.)
2. We can have little advanced knowledge of what will emerge from such a
transitional process.
3. Some of his portentous remarks (such as those you point out in the
Grundrisse plans) based upon the tendencies that Marx identified within
capitalism - the development of joint-stock ground of Capitals, and the
inevitability of crises, in particular - should clearly now be seen as much
as part of the reproduction process of Capitalism itself, rather than as
portending any pre-revolutionary cataclysm.
Dr Michael Williams
"Books are Weapons"

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