[Marxism] Turkey: Final Version?

Pat Byrne patbyrneme at hotmail.com
Mon Sep 21 22:36:42 MDT 2009


Hi Michael,
Thanks for coming back to me so promptly.
Well if Adam Smith was dishonest that is a very useful beginning!
On the alienation aspect, I wasn't imagining that I was original. Could you
be so kind as to suggest a couple of authors/academics I could start with...
Pat

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From: marxism-bounces+patbyrneme=hotmail.com at lists.econ.utah.edu
[mailto:marxism-bounces+patbyrneme=hotmail.com at lists.econ.utah.edu] On
Behalf Of Michael Perelman
Sent: 22 September 2009 04:34
To: Pat Byrne
Subject: Re: [Marxism] Turkey: Final Version?

On Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 11:58:14PM +0300, Pat Byrne wrote:
> market', the efficiency of the price system etc.. 
>Thus the overwhelming
> majority of the world's intelligentsia has accepted that despite massive
> evidence to the contrary, capitalism is the most effective means of
> delivering growth and satisfying demand. This is where Adam Smith's models
> needs to be compared to reality. 

My main paper will show how Smith was basically dishonest, beginning with 
his pin factory.

> The second problem I have with Marxist economics is that while the 
mechanics
> of capitalism are obviously important we need also to be able to offer a
> convincing set of mechanics for an alternative economy.
> Here I think that the broad concept of alienation as applied to the
economic
> process offers a straightforward and easily understandable solution to the
> mass of the population

Many many people have done an excellent job in applying the idea of 
alienation in the way you suggest.

-- 
Michael Perelman
Economics Department
California State University
Chico, CA 95929

Tel. 530-898-5321
E-Mail michael at ecst.csuchico.edu
michaelperelman.wordpress.com

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