Re: [OPE] The state under capitalism

From: Dave Zachariah <>
Date: Fri Aug 20 2010 - 06:32:50 EDT

On 19 August 2010 23:44, Paul Cockshott <> wrote:

> Surely howard is saying that a relationship is non-dialectical if there is
> no feedback.

You are right, I was trying to be very general about classes of
relationships. But this actually gets closer to the problem. Simply stating
that two elements are in a feedback relationship can be a way to avoid any
testable content, safe-guarding so that the predictions come out right
either way. (Indeed this was something mentioned by Marx in a letter to
Engels.). So merely classifying any relationship as 'dialectical' will be of
little theoretical value unless one also can propose a set of dynamical laws
and boundary conditions.

//Dave Z

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