Re: [OPE] free competition

From: Paula <>
Date: Wed Apr 13 2011 - 17:32:29 EDT

Jerry said:
"Paula, I guess, would criticize Marx here for being "absolutist"".

On the contrary, Marx understood that bourgeois "freedom" is not an
ideological construct but a social reality - and for that very reason
limited rather than absolute.

"And neither Lenin nor Marx said that "free competition" exists or existed,
did they?"

In 'Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism' (section VII, entitled
'Imperialism, as a Special Stage of Capitalism'), Lenin writes: "At the same
time the monopolies, which have grown out of free competition, do not
eliminate the latter, but exist above it and alongside it, and thereby give
rise to a number of very acute, intense antagonisms, frictions and

So free competition exists even in the epoch of imperialism - at least
according to Lenin.


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