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[Xmca-l] Re: From newyorker.com: He’s Back



This article by Yuval Noah Harari is also from the New Yorker and I think relevant to the meaning and relevance of Marx today. Harari’s analysis, like Marx’s, is conditioned by technologies, but technologies vastly different in scale and pace from the 19th century when Marx wrote. I read Harari’s Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind some months ago and have been reading Menand’s collection on pragmatism. Any CHATback about Harari?
Henry


> On Oct 7, 2016, at 11:33 PM, Andy Blunden <ablunden@mira.net> wrote:
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> A good read Larry, mostly good on Marx, but I don't accept his theory of "history of accident" - Lenin, for example, was not the only Marxist in Russia, and an interest in Marx recovered after the fall of the soviet union by clearing away the legacy of official Marxism - and he skims over Piketty's total failure to understand Marx - Piketty can simply use data to make the points Marx made with philosophy 150 years before these things came to pass, so Piketty doesn't need to understand Marx: he just has to know how to use a slide rule. Some of the ideas ascribed to Marx are not correct, but who cares, it's still a good read and worth thinking about.
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> I liked his book on the American Pragmatists, too.
> 
> Andy
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> On 8/10/2016 1:31 PM, lpscholar2@gmail.com wrote:
>> This is an article by Louis Menard that is a fascinating read.
>> 
>> I hope the link comes through
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>> 
>> He’s Back
>> http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/10/10/karl-marx-yesterday-and-today
>> Sent from my Windows 10 phone
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