Fibonacci series -- and Culture

da dattam dadattam at
Tue Feb 20 04:46:24 MST 2001

If Cuba's economic
> model was adopted by the
> rest of the world, then it would not be necessary to
> grow tobacco except as
> a luxury item to be enjoyed occasionally, like red
> meat, fast cars or other
> risky items.

  With respect, you've begged the question here.
Whether you call them "luxury" or "risky" goods, the
truth of the matter is that a socialist economy
rationally produces things of *questionable* human
merit.  One is not simply stickling on this point.
The important question is one of human needs as
defined by whom and in what way.  By a "rational"
economy we Marxists presumably mean one that operates
logically and excludes extraction of surplus value.
Such an economy may or may not equal a virtuous or
meritorious economy.  By the same token virtue, if
inflicted by an elite, can undermine Marxist
rationality, can it not?

   It seems to me that the merit and virtue you've
included into the term "rational" are qualities we
*hope* Marxist rationality will produce.  Are they
intrinsic to that rationality?  I think they may not
be.  The means and not the ends of production are what
we judge, no?

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