[Marxism] Two questioins

farmelantj at juno.com farmelantj at juno.com
Mon Mar 16 07:41:57 MDT 2009


It seems to me that the notion of a permanent
arms economy was implicit in Michal Kalecki's
classic 1943 article, "Political Aspects of
Full Employment":

http://cas.umkc.edu/ECON/economics/faculty/Lee/courses/488/reading/kal1.pdf

Jim Farmelant

---------- Original Message ----------

From: "Tom O'Lincoln" <suarsos at alphalink.com.au>
Date: Mon, 16 Mar 2009 21:41:16 +1100


Joonas Laine asked about reflections on Michael Kidron's theory of the 
permanent arms economy.

I don't think any of the answers is all that useful, though unsurprisingly 
Einde's is the most accurate.

Lou writes about Cliff and Russia, but while there is indeed a connection, 
Kidron's own work was mainly about the postwar boom in the west.

I suggest you have a look at the works of Chris Harman (good old Mr Google 
is bound to find him for you). Chris is the writer most committed to 
Kidron's tradition. and wrote his obituary here:
http://pubs.socialistreviewindex.org.uk/sr273/harman2.htm

By the way the idea of the permanent arms economy as explanation for the 
western boom began in America with writer called CN Vance. Tony Cliff 
adopted the theory but his treatment was crude. It was Kidron who tried to 
give it Marxist rigour. 


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