[OPE-L] Albritton on Marx's value theory and subjectivity

From: Jurriaan Bendien (adsl675281@TISCALI.NL)
Date: Sat Apr 08 2006 - 06:50:33 EDT

Well, as should be obvious from my short article
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Use_value on this topic, I think Albritton's
interpretation is a crass, shoddy and vulgar caricature.

Karl Marx and Frederick Engels would have made mincemeat of this nonsense,
in the same way as they attacked the verities of Dr Adolph Wagner.

The real question does not concern at all whether businessmen are
"indifferent to use value" or not - it concerns what specific interest or
stake businessmen have in the use-value of commodities, including the
commodity labour-power. As I briefly indicated, they do have one.

The idea that Albritton is also presenting this paper in Cuba is laughable
to me, and it shows how far Marxism has intellectually degenerated. With
"friends of Marx" like that, there will never be any viable socialism

To get a better idea of who is indifferent to what, Albritton would be
better of researching e.g. a paper on the US Food and Drug Administration
http://www.fda.gov/  or the US Patent and Trademark Office

 ".the project of Grand Theory - to find a total systematised
conceptualisation of all history and human occasions - is the original
heresy of metaphysics against knowledge.it is an exercise of closure, and it
stems from a kind of intellectual agoraphobia, an anxiety before the
uncertain and the unknown, a yearning for security within the calm of the

- E.P. Thompson, The Poverty of Theory.


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