Saturday, January 24, 2009

The Language of Marxism

‘Roger Gatham’ writes Limited, Inc. HERE:

“Marx and the devil 2”

“What Adam Smith, in the true eighteenth-century manner, puts in the prehistoric period, the period preceding history, is rather a product of history.”

A classic example of Marxist mystical prose that means different things depending on how how you read it. Capital is full of them – see Surplus Value, Labour Theory of Value – and it creates the semi-religious feel throughout his writings. Cod intellectualism at its worst; discussed endlessly by graduate thesis writers – to be fair, Roger Gatham comments on the phenomenon in his piece - impressing others with the evidence that they understand Marx's thinking and the listeners stare in bewilderment, and if impressionable, with adoration.



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