Re: [OPE-L] exploitation and consumption

From: Jerry Levy (Gerald_A_Levy@MSN.COM)
Date: Sat Jun 09 2007 - 07:14:26 EDT

Addendum:  Let's not forget that since it was first written the _Manifesto
The Communist Party_  was more widely read and more influential than
all of the other writings by Marx and Engels (... combined?)   In a very
sense, it came to express for most Marxists what Marxism meant and there
wasn't an emphasis on the role of  circulation and consumption for
capitalism in
that popular, but early, work of Marx and Engels.

In solidarity, Jerry

> 1. Already during Marx's time there was an effort to simplify, popularize,
> and schematize his thought.  Recall his famous quip:  "I am not a
> Marxist".
> 2. The emphasis on production -- rather than grasping the unity of
> the production and circulation processes under capitalism --   has
> a basis in some of Marx's own writings, e.g. the famous "Preface"
> to _A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy_.
> 3.  Volume 2 of _Capital_ was published in 1884 and had less of
> an impact on  post-Marx Marxists than Volume 1.

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