[Marxism] Eight Theses on the Economic Crisis
sartesian at earthlink.net
Wed Nov 25 11:34:20 MST 2009
Gee, let's ask Karl why he spent so much time analyzing capitalism, the
economic changes that indicated more or less success in expanded
reproduction; the indicators of the conflict between the means and relations
Gee Karl, why did you write that stuff about crisis in your preface to the
2nd edition of volume 1 of Capital?
Hey Karl, in utter seriousness, a question: So what? And besides, who
You think "the less will be the challenge to capitalism as a system"? Well,
so far, all indications are that you are wrong-- from workers confronting
bosses and taking over factories, to open discussions about socialism in the
US, to Marx's Capital appearing on best-seller lists.
Less a challenge when it can't deliver the goods? That's a twist.
I don't think I ever referred to this as THE crisis of capitalism-- the big
one with a capital 1.
But there are reasons for the breakdown of capital, and those reasons
generally lead to increased class struggle. And that's not chatter. That's
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> Let us suppose that all, or some, of the predictions regarding the
> magnitude of the presenteconomic crisis are correct. That it is a
> titanic collapse of the economy.
> And it intend the following query with utter seriousness:
> So What!?
> An economic crisis is the crisis of a particular economic regime _withn_
> capitalism. There is no reason what3ver to call such a crisis a Crisdis
> of Capitalism! There is no reason to think it represents any challenge
> to or weakening of Capitalism as such.
> And the worse it is, the more widespread misery it cvauses, the less
> will be its challenge to Capitalism as a ssystem, for it will radically
> individualize workers of all strat of the calss as they desperately
> focus on individual survival.
> So what is the purpose of this endless chatter about the state of the
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