Re: [OPE-L] Marx and markets

From: glevy@PRATT.EDU
Date: Sat Jan 07 2006 - 10:11:30 EST

> “They [opponents of over-engineered cars in the past and over-engineered
> PCs now] honour Marx’s dictum that *capitalism is a conspiracy not by
> the free market but against it*”, Simon Jenkins, The Guardian, London, 6
> January 2006 (in a (sceptical) op-ed piece about whether online news
> would ever supplant newspapers.
> Did Marx ever write any such thing? If so, where?

Hi Michael W,

It's good to hear from you again.  I hope you enjoyed the holidays.

As best as I can determine (after some Internet searches), no.  But,
Jenkins doesn't _quote_ Marx -- he could be paraphrasing him.  It
would be interesting to see the actual quote and compare it to the
paraphrase, but I think you'd have to ask Jenkins to get the former.
We might have the makings here of 2 more Marx Myths and Legends',

1) the assertion that Marx believed that capitalism is a conspiracy
2) the assertion that Marx believed that capitalism/capitalists
   conspired against free markets.

2) might be valid _if_ one substituted an individual capitalist
nation instead of capitalism _and_ substituted free trade instead
of free markets.  But, if these substitutions were made then the
claim would be quite different from the original one made by

In solidarity, Jerry

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