kls at unidui.uni-duisburg.de
Thu Nov 23 00:43:59 MST 1995
On Wed, 22 Nov 1995, John R. Ernst wrote to PEN-l:
>I'd agree with Cox and Tell that Engel's efforts
>were helpful to Marx as he worked out his
>critique of political economy.
>I recall in the Book I of CAPITAL, Marx
>cites Engel's work of the 1840's quite
>favorably. But .... Yes. There is "but."
>Engels sometimes got things wrong. I suppose
>the example I would cite is in Book III of
>CAPITAL where Marx teaches that fixed capital
>does not grow as fast as productivity and
>Engels follows with at few paragraphs that
>state the opposite. (See Ch 15, Sec 4)
>To be sure, Marx is not the easiest writer
>to understand and, in at least this instance,
>Engels was among those confused. The sad
>thing is that Engels himself is not clear that he,
>too, was lost.
>Cheap shots at Engels are exactly that-- cheap. But
>blind defenses of the man serve no one.
Did Engels *sometimes* get things wrong? Or do you think something went
wrong, when he edited Capital vol. II and vol. III?
*If* you assume that Engels himself was not clear about what he did, so
please explain to us, *why* Engels was among those confused?
John, you've stated a clear "but" related to Engels' contributions to
scientific socialism and to critique of political economy. Therefore it
would be helpful to add some *less cheap* shots and a *clear-sighted*
He deserves it. November 28th is just around the corner!
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