Labor theory of value debate
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Thu Sep 15 13:04:48 MDT 1994
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 1994 10:12:37 -0400 (EDT)
From: Louis N Proyect <lnp3 at columbia.edu>
Subject: Labor theory of value debate
>zags of the Soviet state in the early 1920's (war communism, NEP)
>had more to do with pragmatic choices rather than Marxist doctrine.
Your pragmatic/Marxist doctrine split is false. Within the structure of
dialectical revolutionary strategy, Marxists are encouraged to Pragmatically
exploit historical splits. See my essay, _Zig-Zag_ (recently posted here; i
have copy i can email). Your own Pragmatism blinds you to Marx's system. Marx,
Stalin, Mao, and _International Affairs_ (Moscow) have condemned Pragmatism
(tho usually without using that term).
Lenin's "'Left-wing' Communism" shows his use of doctrine to advance the
revolution. There are many essays like this on revolutionary strategy.
>I believe that the Marxist movement has suffered from its inability to
>understand how capitalism operates to the fullest degree.
Of course, given Marx's rejection of abstraction in economic activity.
Capitalism is abstraction-guided production.
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