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(en) The Utopian - Anarchist's criticism of KARL MARX'S THEORY OF CAPITAL by Ron Tabor - on ainfos.ca

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Date Sun, 8 Jun 2003 17:59:23 +0200 (CEST)

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Now on-line also at http://ainfos.ca/sup:
The Utopian Vol. 1 Anarchist's criticism of KARL MARX'S THEORY OF CAPITAL by Ron Tabor I.
http://www.ainfos.ca/sup/ainfos00303.html (1/2)
http://www.ainfos.ca/sup/ainfos00304.html (2/2)
The Utopian Vol. 2 Anarchist's criticism of KARL MARX'S THEORY OF CAPITAL by Ron Tabor II.
http://www.ainfos.ca/sup/ainfos00305.html (1/2)
http://www.ainfos.ca/sup/ainfos00306.html (2/2)
> Ron Tabor:
Note to readers: This article is the continuation of a piece
that appeared in the previous issue of this publication.
There I sketched the role of the theory of capital in the
Marxian worldview, Marx's method of investigating capi-
talism and the initial components of his theory. These
included his analysis of commodities, his conception of
value and his understanding of the nature of exploitation
under capitalism, the production of surplus value. I also
discussed some of the implications of Marx's approach
and worldview. My main contentions in this regard are
two: (1) that Marxism is a philosophic doctrine, rather
than a scientific theory, as Marx claimed; and (2) that the
belief in its scientific nature, particularly Marxism's insis-
tence that socialism is the "necessary" outcome of history,
and the strategic steps that follow from Marxist doctrine,
lead Marxists to establish totalitarian regimes instead of
the liberated-classless and stateless-societies that
Marxism advocates and predicts. In this article, we will
focus on the crux of Marx's theory, his analysis of capital. I
would like to remind readers of what I wrote in the first
installment of this essay. I do not claim to be able to prove
my contentions about the nature of Marxism. What I am
putting forward is my own interpretation of what
Marxism is and why it has led to the historical results it
has. In addition, I do not pretend to cover the entirety of
Marx's vast and elaborate theory. A great deal of his analy-
sis, for example, his treatment of the reproduction of cap-
ital, and of rent, commercial capital and fictitious capital,
that is, much of the material found in volumes 2 and 3 of
Capital, has been either omitted or touched on very
briefly. I have instead focused on the focal point of Marx's
theory, his conception of capital.

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