[Marxism] Troubled times

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Nov 25 11:43:17 MST 2006


Joaquin wrote:
>I'm looking for something in some way parallel to the way capitalist use of
>the commodity labor power leads to surplus value. Everything I've seen and
>lived through my entire political life tells me imperialism IS NOT AN
>ACCIDENT, NOR IS IT A FEATURE OR AN ASPECT, BUT RATHER IT IS THE VERY NATURE
>OF THE SYSTEM. And it would be satisfying to have a rigorous exposition of
>this at the very generalized level that say Capital is written at.

You can find all of this in Sweezy, Baran, Magdoff and now in John 
Bellamy Foster. It is basically MR Marxism of the kind that I 
strongly identify with. As far as the national questions is 
concerned, I recommend "CLR James on the Negro Question", a book that 
was edited by Scott McLemee when he was a socialist rather than a 
collector of socialist kitsch.

Basically, I have the uncomfortable feeling that you are polemicizing 
against an economistic version of Marxism that is not worth your 
effort. Instead of writing about what the groups you enumerated are 
doing wrong, it would be better to lay out a path that the 950 
subscribers here the probably 2000 archive readers can follow. 
Candle. Darkness. Curse. Light.





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