[OPE-L:1710] Re: Re: value-form theories and the Uno-school?

Subject: [OPE-L:1710] Re: Re: value-form theories and the Uno-school?
From: Paul Cockshott (wpc@dcs.gla.ac.uk)
Date: Mon Nov 22 1999 - 05:25:38 EST

At 08:16 18/11/99 -0500, you wrote:
>Re Makoto's [OPE-L:1693]:
> > I agree with Paul and Jerry's view of distinction between G/W value form
> > theories and mine, though there might some Uno theorists who are more
> > sympathetic to the former. As Jerry points out, the issue relates to the
> > view of possible models of socialism. Labour-time must be an important
> > concern for social cooperation among workers in a socialist economies, as
> > Marx suggested.
>Even though the study of the political economy of socialism is an
>important study in its own right, we can not read _Capital_ with the
>assumption that the categories developed to comprehend capitalism in
>thought can also be used to comprehend socialism.

On the other hand we will never understand capitalism unless we approach
it from the standpoint of the future communism. It is only this which enabled
marx to transcend the historically specific and partial presentations put
by the political ecnomists. It strikes me that the value form theorists,
with their
fixation on capitalism and its surface appearances are again producing the
sort of historically limited presentation that he was attacking.

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