File spoon-archives/marxism-international.archive/marxism-international_1997/97-04-03.022, message 4

Date: Mon, 31 Mar 1997 20:06:41 +0000
Subject: Re: M-I: Law of value and labour time vouchers

KARL: The abolition of capital as money and as money as such is central 
to what Marx was about. I have to agree with Lew on this one.

LEW:Why is it so hard to persuade some people that Marx was a communist?
Agreed, Marxism is not a fundamentalist religion; but neither is it a
free for all in which you can say what you like and still call yourself
a Marxist. I have argued that the abolition of money is central to
Marx's critique of capitalism, not an option. I have quoted Marx to that
effect, but you say it proves nothing. If you think "producers obviously
must exchange goods" in a post-capitalist society it is up to you to
show how that is consistent with Marx. After all, if this was a
discussion group about (say) Hayek, and somebody came along and
advocated nationalisation and central planning - all in the name of
Hayek - you would think they didn't know what they were talking about or
were in the wrong discussion group. Finally, your assumption about both
government and edicts is wrong; but it is open to discussion.

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                          Yours etc.,

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