Re: [OPE] the composition and definition of the list

From: Michael Williams <michael.williams.j@googlemail.com>
Date: Fri Dec 05 2008 - 06:03:13 EST

People can label my work whatever they think fit, but first they would need
to become familiar with it ... .

'Pigouvian', though, would characterise at most only a couple of recent
exchanges on this list that are informed by my understanding of orthodox
public sector economics that I have, from time to time, taught at graduate
level.

comradely greetings

michael W

2008/12/5 Alejandro Agafonow <alejandro_agafonow@yahoo.es>

> When I refer to my membership in OPE-L I use to say that it '[] is a
> small, closed list of
>
> scholars who have been discussing controversial issues on political economy
> since September, 1995.'
>
>
>
> I prefer not to be pigeonholed as Marxist, but as a 'progressive' in
> general.
>
>
>
> I would also consider Michael Wiliams as a non-Marxist. I don't know what
> does he think, but from our recent discussion I would consider him a sort of
> Pigouvian economist, with whom I share some views.
>
>
>
> Regards,
> A. Agafonow
>
> ------------------------------
> *De:* GERALD LEVY <gerald_a_levy@msn.com>
> *Para:* Outline on Political Economy mailing list <ope@lists.csuchico.edu>
> *Enviado:* viernes, 5 de diciembre, 2008 10:55:34
> *Asunto:* [OPE] the composition and definition of the list
>
> > Ja! Ja! Ja! No, not insulted. But it's true. I'm not a Marxist. I think
> that I'm not
>
> > the only one in this list that is not a Marxist.
>
>
>
>
>
> Hi Alejandro:
>
>
>
> It's true - you're not the only one.
>
>
>
> You should talk to Michael Eldred.
>
>
>
> Also - as he likes to frequently remind us - Jurriaan does not consider
> himself to
>
> be a Marxist.
>
>
>
> There's also Steve Keen (who isn't receiving postings at this time): he
> wouldn't
>
> consider himself to be a Marxist (he's a heterodox - Post-Keynesian -
> economist).
>
>
>
> Then, there are members like:
>
>
>
> - Gil Skillman (who, also, isn't receiving postings now) who _does_
> consider
>
> himself to be a Marxist, but - like yourself - is a market socialist.
>
>
>
> - Gary Mongiovi who _might_ consider himself a Marxian (like Sraffa did) -
> he is a
>
> surplus approach economist.
>
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>
>
> > By the way, since the main criterion that keeps us together here is
> Socialism or Post-capitalism,
>
> > why this list is defined as Marxist?
>
>
>
>
>
> Actually, that's _not_ the "main criterion that keeps us together."
>
>
>
> The most succinct statement of who we are is given in the archives:
>
> http://ricardo.ecn.wfu.edu/~cottrell/ope/archive:
>
>
>
> "OPE-L (Outline on Political Economy list) is a small, closed list of
>
> Marxists who have been discussing controversial issues on political
>
> economy since September, 1995".
>
>
>
> So - although we frequently discuss both Marx and socialism - the
>
> list is not *defined* by that: what "keeps us together" is a commitment
>
> to discuss - as comrades in a collaborative group - *controversial
>
> issues in political economy*.
>
>
>
> As for there being a few members who aren't Marxist, I don't think
>
> that hurts us. Rather, that friction can help to stimulate further
>
> discussion. Nevertheless, I don't think that there would be support
>
> on the list at this time for opening the doors to many other non-Marxists.
>
>
>
> In solidarity, Jerry
>
>
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