Re: [OPE-L] Retraining Laid-Off Workers, but for What? By LOUIS UCHITELLE

From: Alejandro Valle Baeza (valle@SERVIDOR.UNAM.MX)
Date: Wed Mar 29 2006 - 00:32:45 EST

Rakesh Bhandari wrote:

> Hi Alejandro,
> With heightened job competition among the most vulnerable (downard
> mobility of whites now claiming jobs once beneath them, job
> competition between Mexican immigrants and the minority American
> working class), the eviseration of the social wage (cuts in Medicaire
> and more) and the importance of accumulation by dispossession (David
> Harvey), I think social Darwinism rather than vulgar, neo harmonist
> economics will provide the more popular set of categories through
> which social life is understood (as I argued in my dissertation). For
> this reason, I think Lewontin, Rose and Kamin's Not In Our Genes is as
> an important a critique as Marx's own Capital. Especially in the US.
> Do note that Lewontin et al are not the dogmatic environmentalists
> that they are often claimed to be.
> Yours, Rakesh

Hi Rakesh, I agree with you totally.  Not In Our Genes, in my view,  is
a book quite important and essential for any Marxian scholar. What is
your dissertation about? Have you papers (from you) on the relationship
between social sciences and "natural" sciences?

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