File spoon-archives/bhaskar.archive/bhaskar_2003/bhaskar.0312, message 118

Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2003 13:09:30 -0600
Subject: Re: BHA: scientific realism,


At 01:01 PM 12/10/2003 -0600, you wrote:
>>This seems utterly incoherent to me. We can believe false or true things about feudalism or capitalism, but to say either is true or false seems to be like saying an object is round because it's red.<< 

I had in mind the differences between class and false consciousness (structure or ideology). Capitalism is the class consciousness of the capitalists (and of the serfs). However, from a modern revolutionary standpoint (the perspective of the proletariat), capitalism is a false consciousness (or false structure).

Truth or falsity, in these instances, depend of which class perspective, in the relations of production, one is considering. Therefore, one can say that capitalism, in a sense, is both true and false.

Mark A. Foster *
"Sacred cows make the best hamburger" 
-- Mark Twain and Abbie Hoffman 

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