By Samuel Hollander
This e-book rejects the widely encountered belief of Friedrich Engels as perpetuator of a "tragic deception" of Marx, and the both chronic physique of opinion treating him as "his master's voice". Engels's declare to popularity is bolstered by means of a superb contribution within the 1840s to the very foundations of the Marxian company, a contribution entailing not just the "vision" yet the various development blocks within the understanding of that imaginative and prescient. as a result, he proved himself to be a cosmopolitan interpreter of the doctrine of historic materialism and a big contributor in his personal correct. This quantity serves as a better half to Samuel Hollander's The Economics of Karl Marx (Cambridge college Press, 2008).
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Such is my hypothesis, without which we are left with Hutchison’s attribution to Engels of utter irresponsibility, even dishonesty. (The broader implications of my demonstration for the character of Marxian political economy will be explored in Chapter Seven). Finally, I shall also be concerned with the accuracy of Engels’s interpretation of Rodbertus. We show that Rodbertus, in his early writings of 1842 and 1851 on which Engels based his objections, had himself spelled out a “simplified” system of central control rid of capitalistic residuals.
The Essays 17 supported central control notwithstanding their profound appreciation of the positive functions of the competitive pricing mechanism. The resolution, I suggest, lies in the very character of the Marx–Engels vision of communism as a form of organization simplified to the point that there would be no need for a price mechanism. In sharp contrast, Rodbertus’s scheme – at least as interpreted by Engels – retained features of an exploitative private-property system, including in particular the circulation of money.
The nearer the economists come to the present time, the further they depart from honesty” (MECW 3: 420). Only a perspective that abandons the premises common to both the mercantile and “modern” systems could get at the truth: Even the mercantile system cannot be correctly judged by modern economics since the latter is itself one-sided and as yet burdened with that very system’s premises. Only that view which rises above the opposition of the two systems, which criticizes the premises common to both and proceeds from a purely human, universal basis, can assign to both their proper position.