[Marxism] Marxism and Sociology

Ken Ranney kranney at rogers.com
Fri Feb 6 12:31:28 MST 2004


To Jeff Rubard:
Many thanks for your remarks.  You give me more credit than I deserve.

Ken Ranney


At 08:51 PM 2/4/2004 -0600, Jeff Rubard wrote:
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> > Date: Wed, 04 Feb 2004 17:32:07 -0500
> > From: Ken Ranney <kranney at rogers.com>
> > Subject: [Marxism] Marx was right?
> > To: marxism at lists.econ.utah.edu
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> > Marx, in my opinion, was right to point out the exploiting tendencies of
> > capitalism and political implications such as:
> > "The capitalist ruling class is that class which owns and controls the
> > means of production and which is able, by virtue of the economic power
> > thus
> > conferred upon it, to use the state as its instrument for the domination
> > of
> > society." Ralph Miliband - THE STATE IN CAPITALIST SOCIETY page 23
> > QUARTET  BOOKS,1969. Because Marx was right about some things, does that
> > mean that we should blindly follow all of his ideas?
> >
> > Ken Ranney
> >
>
>Mr. Ranney, I have a feeling (based on loosely organized empirical
>research) that this remark will not get the sympathetic hearing it
>deserves here; and the best way I can think of to put my sentiment is to
>rework an already-popular remark of Moritz Schlick's vis-a-vis Carnap, and
>say that Marxist sociology does not become more serviceable by use of the
>term Marxist.  As I've already mentioned here, the Vienna Circle was
>really quite political in the spirit of Austro-Marxism, and similarly such
>mainstream social science as still exists is perfectly suited to leftist
>ends already (such that the purpose of "philosophy of praxis" can actually
>be taken to be somewhat other).  And as the other gentlemen have indicated
>there is absolutely no reason not to take the work of a "non-Marxist"
>social scientist such as Bourdieu utterly seriously, even for the purposes
>of engaging in an avowedly Marxist politics.  So, good for you to ask this
>question.
>
>Jeff Rubard
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