Re: [OPE-L] "Levels of abstraction"

From: Jerry Levy (jerry_levy@VERIZON.NET)
Date: Sat Feb 02 2008 - 09:21:32 EST


Well, of course, you - as well as all others on the list - are free
to not discuss a subject with someone if you think it's going nowhere. It often happens in discussions that participants realize that one, both, or all parties are being repetitive and/or that insurmountable conceptual, methodological, or other differences exist.  There's nothing wrong with a decision to "agree to disagree", after all.  Having said that, I don't think there is anything inherently "totalitarian" with the perspective on historical materialism that Dave Z has put forward. 

In solidarity, Jerry

> Dave, Thanks for the comment, but I am not going to keep
> discussing this, because frankly I am hostile to your species
> of historical materialism. I don't think you add anything new to
> the debate, except restate the same
> metaphysical, totalitarian theory used to ruin Russian and
> Chinese socialism for generations. I suppose you will start
> talking next of the "priority of heavy industry" because, after
> all, (sic.) every other economic process "depends on it" for
> support. Feel free though to discuss it with other OPE-Lers, I
> mean I am only one participant in an otherwise pluralist Marxian
> forum. 

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