[Marxism] Marx's crisis theory

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Apr 10 07:08:09 MDT 2013


On 4/10/13 8:49 AM, Andrew Pollack wrote:
> If you want to understand how and why, and when and where, capital is
> fucking up the countries Louis names (and others, such as China and Egypt,
> which I follow more closely), you need a theory of imperialism. And for
> that you have to choose among variants (Harvey, Lenin, Luxemburg, Amin,
> etc.).

Or maybe it is best to theorize capitalism as a *world* system, 
something that was obviously not on Marx's agenda since he was much more 
focused on showing how it developed specifically in Britain. That is why 
he told Zasulich that not every nation had to proceed through capitalism 
to reach socialism. That is also a key to understanding what is wrong 
with Robert Brenner's theory of the origins of capitalism. It does not 
take into account the reliance on both forced as well as free market labor.




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