Re: [OPE-L] W J Blake clarification requested

From: Rakesh Bhandari (bhandari@BERKELEY.EDU)
Date: Fri Nov 11 2005 - 18:22:52 EST

On Fri, 11 Nov 2005 15:58:15 -0500
  Jerry Levy <Gerald_A_Levy@MSN.COM> wrote:
> Raya Dunayevskaya was, with the pseudonym of Freddie Forrest,
> political active by the 1930's (she was a secretary for Trotsky in 1938)
> and because of her political influence her life has been pretty much of
> an open book.  It's just not plausible to think that she could have
> got her PhD from Radcliffe with the name Bernice Shoul and published
> under that name and no one for all of the following years would have
> noticed.

Well I was told by Mattick Jr that Dunayevskaya was a pseudonym as it
  seems in fact to be.

> Dunayevskaya's perspective was never very close to that of Grossmann
absolutely false. Her theory of crisis based on a shortage of the mass of surplus
value's as if was taken from Grossmann.
The critique of Luxemburg for incomprehension of the level of abstraction of the
repro schema and for her's as if was taken directly
from Grossmann.

> whereas Shoul was.  Also, their methodological perspectives during
> the same time period were quite different with Shoul describing Marx's
> method as one of successive approximation.

What did RD say that was opposed to Grossmann's understanding of Capital? In
fact what did she say that was not said by him?

> btw, Dunayevskaya was aware of Blake's book and recommended
> reading it by  those who wanted to learn more about _Capital_.  She
> also recommended Sweezy [_The Theory of Capitalist Development_,
> Part I),  Dobb [_Political Economy and Capitalism_, Chapters I-IV],
> Robinson [_An Essay on Marxian Economics_],   Roll [_A History of
> Economic Thought_, Chapters V-VII], Lenin [_The Teachings of Karl
> Marx_], Trotsky [_Living Thoughts of Karl Marx_], Engels [Review of
> Marx's Critique of Political Economy_; _On Capital_] and  Marx's
> _The Critique of the Gotha Programme_ and _Critique of Political
> Economy_. [Source: _Outline of Marx's Capital, Volume One,  published
> by News and Letters Committee, 1979 but originally written under the
> name Freddie Forrest in the mid-1940s, p. 3]
> Also, btw, an article by Forrest from 1946 on Rosa Luxemburg was
> cited in the "Bibliography"  of Shoul's dissertation.

> In solidarity, Jerry

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