Re: [OPE-L] Albritton

From: Jerry Levy (Gerald_A_Levy@MSN.COM)
Date: Sun Mar 26 2006 - 09:07:43 EST

Hi Mike L,

> Characteristically, rather than examining my evidence and reasoning, 
> Albritton declares this to be 'theory as wish-fulfillment and not a theory 
> as rigorous analysis of capitalism' and proceeds to erupt in Althusserian 
> outrage over 'humanism' and 'essentialism'. There's no surprise here--- 
> the Uno-Sekine conception of pure capitalism at its very core rejects any 
> suggestion that capitalism contains the seeds of its own destruction; its 
> purpose is to present capitalism 'as if it were a self-perpetuating entity' 
> (Uno, 1980: 125).

I don't really grasp the connection (wedding) that you are trying to make 
between Uno-theory and Althusserian theory -- as  condensed in your 
referring to Rob Albritton as "Rob Althusser."

You lost me: when and where have Althusserians advanced a "conception 
of pure capitalism" as if  capitalism was a "self-perpetuating entity"?
Shouldn't  Althusser's  conception of overdetermination and antagonism
towards "Hegelianisms"  tell us that Uno-theory (in which basic theory is
separated from stages theory) and Althusserian theory are quite 

In solidarity, Jerry

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