[Marxism] Of victory and victories

Carrol Cox cbcox at ilstu.edu
Mon Dec 15 10:40:56 MST 2008

"s.artesian" wrote:
> I think Greg misuses the term "economist" here [among other things]. My experience with the
> term is that it applies to an analysis that argues that struggles over wages and other
> economic benefits, on or off the shop floor, are sufficient for the development of class
> consciousness and social revolution.

No. Economism first showed itself dramatically (and was named) in
something like this (adding a kopek to a ruble, etc.) But that passing
error was grounded in a much larger misconception of capitalism and of
class. Economism is the assumption that the struggle for socialism can
be grounded in the struggle for the overall improvement of the material
conditions of workers, or for abstract equality rather than for freedom
-- for an end to alienated labor and the abolition of the working class
(since capitalism is synonymous with the existence of the working class
as a working class).


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