the poverty of chaos and dialectics

glevy at glevy at
Mon Sep 18 15:09:47 MDT 1995

Scott Marshall wrote:

  Qualitative change produces a completely
> new thing ie: socialism replaces capitalism.

Not exactly. While socialism is "qualitatively different" from
capitalism, it can not be a "completely new thing" since every mode of
production has remnants of the preceding economic system. To state
that it will be "completely different" suggests a Kuhnian or Althusserian
conception of change.


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