File spoon-archives/bhaskar.archive/bhaskar_2001/bhaskar.0101, message 59

Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2001 21:26:07 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: BHA: Delivered up to the world

Gary wrote: 
> How I wonder would Adorno have accounted for the tendency towards occultism 
> in say the slave mode of production?  or feudalism? or mercantilism? or 
> "non-late" capitalism?
Good point.  The problem with the Frankfurt school (among several) is that
they lack a sophisticated understanding of the over arching Ideology
secreted by each of the mode of productions.  Ideology and superstructures
are secereted by the base, but base  takes priority in some way or another
over superstructure (against F. school).  Ideology emerges from the
economic, but sufficiently differianted and complex that it cannot be
collapsed/reduced to the economic (against Stalinists).

J.C. Rodriguez has an excellent book dealing with the dominant Ideology of
feudalism (what he calls substantialism), the intermediate ideology in the
infamous 'transition' (what he calls animism), and a discussion of the
ideologies of the various stages of capitalism.   His method is to engage
in a discussion of the ideological, political, and economic levels of
these societies.    


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