[OPE-L:4516] Re: Is Fred M. a "Newsolutionist"?

Ajit Sinh (ecas@cc.newcastle.edu.au)
Tue, 25 Mar 1997 01:21:37 -0800 (PST)

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At 10:27 AM 3/23/97 -0800, you wrote:
>In ope-l #4496, Ajit S. wrote:
>> Fred follows the new solution.
>Perhaps someone could call Fred by phone and give him this important
>news! I am sure he didnt know that and will be very happy.
Oh, how sarcastic! I'm not a "Fred Mosely" scholar, as you seem to be.
However, Fred was nice enough to send me his draft of the paper on
transformation problem, which later came out in the book he edited. I have
read that paper and nothing more. In that paper he is following the 'new
solution'. The matter of internal quibble is not much of interest to me.
>In any case this gives an important opportunity to all us: We can
>discuss if Fred Moseley "follows the new solution" *before* he comes
>back. I have no doubt that this will have an advantage over the
>thread "Was Sraffa Marxist?" because at the end Fred will come and,
>surely, solve definitely the problem posed, something unusual on this
>list. (Unfortunately, it is impossible for the other thread to have a
>similar ending, what we can call a "happy end".)

I cannot stop smiling at this one ;). How in the world can Fred "surely,
solve definitely the problem"? Fred got to be GOD to do so! First of all,
one will have to defer to Fred for the perfect and all encompassing
understanding of the 'new solution'. Have you ever thought that Fred might
not have understood the 'new solution' very well. Is that a possibility?
Secondly, what makes you think that Fred's interpretation of his own paper
has to be definitive. The best he could do is to put the paper out. When it
comes to interpreting the paper the author has no previledge. On the lighter
note: I have read many meandering papers on value theory where it is evident
that the author(s) don't really know what they are talking about-- we don't
name names on OPE-L. Cheers, ajit sinha