Continuing with the Brenner debate

Xxxx Xxxxx Xxxxxx xxxxxxxx at
Sat Oct 28 15:40:40 MDT 2000

Yoshie Furuhashi wrote:

> >I do _not_ encourage anyone on any list to "line >up" with Robert
> >Brenner or Ellen Wood or Eric Williams or Jim >Blaut or anyone else
> >for that matter & accept their views lock, stock, >& barrel.

In order to have a synthesis, we need to clarify the differences.

> <I'm
> >advancing _my own synthesis_, which I urge >everyone to adopt, in the
> >interest of defending _the essence of historical >materialism_ against
> >empiricism of the Annales School, world >systems theory,
> >post-modernism, post-colonialism, new >historicism, neo-Malthusianism,
> >etc.  :)

Yoshie, these theories are  ALL problematic in their own terms. What is
most *relevant* to the issue at stake here is Brenner's distortion of
Marx's historical materialism. Brenner is *not* a Marxist. Here is a
revisionist using a Marxian verbiage. Let's deal with this issue first
instead of discussing Annales school.

> >Getting stuck with aporias & antinomies is >unlike you & in fact
> >should be beneath you, Lou.  I've told the same >to Doug Henwood in my
> >criticism of his fondness for "ambivalence."  >You and Doug, on this
> >un-dialectical tendency, resemble each other; >perhaps this is just

> >As Xxxx Xxxxx
> >Doylan kindly posted an essay by Lenin against >revisionism, I'll make
> >use of his words here:

Thanks for the kind words indeed. I posted Lenin's piece to make a point
about the revisionism of Brenner's thesis (and Analytical Marxist school
in general).

My last name is Xxxxxx not Doylan, btw.


Xxxx Xxxxx Xxxxxx
PhD Student
Department of Political Science
SUNY at Albany
Nelson A. Rockefeller College
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Albany, NY 12222

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