> >I think one of the problems with our communication is that the *focus* >of our concerns has been different: for Kliman, his _primary >research focus_ has, to date, been hermeneutic; for many others, >their primary research focus has been capitalism. In other words, >Kliman has been mainly focused on what is essentially a *history of >political economy question* (i.e. what is the interpretation of Marx's >quantitative theory that is the most consistent and has the best textual >evidence when placed in the context of Marx's overall theory?), >whereas many other Marxists are focused on comprehending and >struggling against the dynamics of capitalism. This is simply slander against Kliman whose contributions to News and Letters and public lectures are often such analyses of the dynamics of capitalism in terms of "Marx's Marxian" theory the logical consistency of which he has attempted to demonstrate. It just turns out that Kliman is probably not comfortable without defending his foundations in a comprehensive, profound and rational way. For this he should be criticized? Again it is nonsense to imply that Kliman has been interested in hermeunetic interpretations of Marx as an end it itself. Kliman's hermeunetic contributions are obviously meant to underpin overt political writings which are submitted as contributions to the struggle against and thus the comprehension of capitalism. See his writing on the Asian Financial Panic and his criticisms of Brenner and Greider. And what about the overtly political class which he teaches at the Brecht Forum (see below). For goodness' sake, it does not seem that Kliman and McGlone are interested only in gardening as Levy maliciously implies at the end of his post. Kliman (as well as Alejandro) sees that there are important political consequences to rejecting the thesis that the rate of profit is solely an index of the exploitation of one class by another, and instead maintaining that it is influenced by the contribution of capital (Malthus), time (Bohm Bawerk), and/or the level of science and technology embodied in the conditions of production (the arguably implicit key to the neo Ricardian school, as Michael Lebowitz suggested long ago). Of course Kliman's theorizing on the FROP is an attempt to focus struggle against capitalism on the abode of production itself, rather than on competition or realization in the market. Levy's hostility to Kliman shows yet again an irrational and nasty side. Do note that I say all this as no friend of Kliman whose calls for retractions are in my opinion based on misleading information. Yet too bad we are left with Levy's ad hominem, inaccurate and irrelevant criticism while some serious debate by former list members will be occuring in Italy. Perhaps the list coordinators will have some discussion about this? Rakesh st & 3rd Tuesdays 7:30 pm 6 sessions beginning April 16 Economic Crisis and Crisis Theory Andrew Kliman & Ted McGlone The world's major economies are caught in a "synchronized recession." Argentina's recent default could trigger a massive debt crisis. Living standards have plummeted in the Third World for two decades.This class will explore why capitalism is rocked by recurrent economic crises and why, despite its continual technological revolutions, it is unable to create prosperity for all. We will focus on Karl Marx's crisis theory, but also survey radical and mainstream alternatives. The differing political implications of these theories will be stressed throughout. We will also address the current debate over whether Marx's crisis theory is internally inconsistent. The class is designed for both newcomers to crisis theory and those with prior knowledge. Please contact Andrew_Kliman@msn.com to obtain readings for the first class. Andrew Kliman and Ted McGlone teach economics at local colleges. Kliman's work on Marx's crisis theory and critique of political economy has appeared in Capital and Class, Historical Materialism, Research in Political Economy, etc. McGlone has taught several Brecht Forum classes on the revolutionary dialectic in the philosophies of Hegel and Dunayevskaya.
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