[Marxism] political economy-- errata

michael a. lebowitz mlebowit at sfu.ca
Sun Sep 20 15:22:14 MDT 2009

Mehmet Cagatay writes:
> michael a. lebowitz wrote:
> "the political economy of the working class" [of which Marx spoke 
> favourably
> ...
> Mr. Lebowitz is obviously referring to Marx's Inaugural Address for 
> the International Working Men's Association. In his talk, Marx employs 
> the phrase "the political economy of the working class" just to 
> signify the particular gains of labor, of socialist politics (social 
> production controlled by social foresight), against capital, and its 
> political economy based on the laws of supply and demand. I have no 
> idea if Marx ever mentioned elsewhere "the political economy of labor" 
> as a distinctive theoretical discipline peculiar to working class. I 
> would be appreciated if Mr. Lebowitz conveys us some other instances 
> where Marx elaborates his thoughts on the subject.
>I suggest that Mehmet investigate the discussion in  'Beyond CAPITAL: 
Marx's Political Economy of  the Working Class ' (Palgrave Macmillan, 
2003) as it is clearly relevant to the point.  As an immediate 
reference, you might want to look Marx's comments about 'the spontaneous 
action of the laws of  the social economy of free and associated labour' 
in the First Outline of the Civil War in France.

Michael A. Lebowitz
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