[Marxism] Two question
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Sun Mar 15 08:01:33 MDT 2009
Joonas Laine wrote:
> Jan MÃ¡jÃÄek wrote:
>> 2) Do you know about any reflection on M. Kidron's
>> (http://www.marxists.org/archive/kidron/index.htm) theory of the permanent
>> arms economy - especially comparison with the present state?
> Ernest Mandel's 'Late Capitalism' chapter 9 (p. 274-309) deals with
> Kidron and others' views on permanent arms economy and what Mandel calls
> late capitalism.
And Kidron does a critique of Mandels economics in general at:
Which starts off with the words: "Mandels "Economics" is a Marxist
failure. It is unsure of the central capitalist dynamic. It evades the
essentials of the system as it operates today. It is more concerned with
defending Marxs categories of analysis than with applying them. In
consequence, it does little damage to the system intellectually or, by
derivation, in practice."
So I think it would be fairly safe to say that both of them were rather
dismissive of each other - although it has to be admitted that Mandel
did on occasion use the terms "arms economy" and even IIRC "permanent
arms economy" in his descriptive economic writings.
However Jan (Hi, Jan) asked for a critique relating to the current
situation. Since Mandel has been dead for well over a decade and Late
Capitalism was written several decades before his death his critique
can't really be called contemporary.
I would suggest doing a search for obituaries of Kidron, who died a few
years ago. Some of the obituaries discuss the contemporary relevance of
his economic ideas.
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