Re: [OPE-L] Historical Materialism and the Capitalist State

From: michael a. lebowitz (mlebowit@SFU.CA)
Date: Mon Jan 03 2005 - 22:04:18 EST

At 08:44 01/01/2005, jerry wrote:
>Ernest Mandel's "Historical Materialism and the Capitalist State",
>1980,  has been translated by Jurriaan and is now available for
>the *first time in English* at the MIA (Marxists Internet Archive).
>"Every attempt to deduce the character and essence of the capitalist
>state directly from the categories of Marx's _Capital_ -- whether
>from 'capital in general', from the exchange and commercial relations
>at the surface of bourgeois society, or from the conditions of the
>valorization of capital -- overlooks that this state, as an institution
>separated from society and transformed into an autonomous apparatus,
>was not created by the bourgeoisie itself."

A very quick comment in between trips:
         Really? Is that how we are to understand 'the character and
essence of the capitalist state'? According to the conditions of its
'becoming'--- ie., its historical origins?
         yours for a red new year,

>In solidarity, Jerry

Michael A. Lebowitz
Professor Emeritus
Economics Department
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, B.C., Canada V5A 1S6

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