[Marxism] Marxism and Keynesianism

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Jul 18 10:43:48 MDT 2011

Over the past month, the Crooked Timber blog (referred to below as 
CT) has posted three attacks on Marxism by John Quiggin, an 
Australian economist who I have a particular distaste for after he 
deleted something I wrote about Yugoslavia that went against the 
liberal/social democratic orientation of the blog’s professorial 
co-owners five years ago.

The first installment was titled Marxism without revolution: class 
that makes about as much sense as writing about Christianity 
without god or Opera without singing. It is basically a 
Panglossian vision of the world in tune with the privileged status 
of a don: “The creation of a democratic welfare state, funded 
primarily by progressive taxation, produced societies with a more 
equal distribution of economic and political power than any seen 
since the emergence of agriculture, and with better standards of 
living for virtually everyone in the developed world.” Who needs 
revolution when things are going so good? Since Quiggin has never 
written a single word about people living in places like the Congo 
or the Philippines, one can understand his fat and jolly burgher 


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