By John Hutnyk
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This publication rejects the widely encountered notion 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 reputation is strengthened via a very good contribution within the 1840s to the very foundations of the Marxian firm, a contribution entailing not just the "vision" yet a number of the construction blocks within the figuring out of that imaginative and prescient.
The participants to this stimulating choice of considerate essays study the philosophical rules and logical constitution underlying Marx's financial thought in Capital. The essays care for many methodological concerns together with: the that means of dialectic common sense, the relation among Marx and Hegel, the old specificity of Marx's thoughts, the emphasis on social varieties, the commodity because the place to begin of Capital, the idea of cash, the excellence among capital regularly and pageant, and Marx's critique of bourgeois economics.
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16 * * * The front cover photograph of Routes deserves attention, since photographs are the icons of travel stories. Necessary accoutrements, markers of real presence (more so than postcards of the very same scenes). qxd 5/8/04 10:45 PM Page 30 30 Bad Marxism The ‘subject’, James Bosu, has been cropped for the cover, although remaining curiously ‘hybrid’ with traditional ‘mind-boggling’ headdress and necktie. Clifford ‘gravitates towards the incongruous detail’ (Clifford 1997:178), but Bosu’s stubbie of beer is kept for the inside enlargement.
And what does the contemporary fascination with the travelling histories of commodities signify when Marxist analysis is trivialised and twisted into misrecognition by West Coast professors rejecting pessimism but applauding uncertainty in the place where analysis might be preferred? It is not my intention to answer all these questions, but to raise them as a framework for critical evaluation of what Clifford is trying to do. * * * Given a propensity for drawing upon signifying conjunctions and traffic in theory on Clifford’s part, I also want to point to certain connections.
Who is at fault? * * * Clifford offers many juxtapositions, but wants to draw no conclusions and offer no overview. This attitude has been seen before, even in more confident versions. Spivak, gently, firmly criticising Derrida’s discussion of Marx makes the 11th thesis point by quoting Capital where Marx writes: ‘the scientific analysis of the composition [zersetzung] of the air left the atmosphere itself unaltered in its physical configuration’ (1867/1967:167) and she clarifies for a Derrida who ‘goofs a bit’ on Marx: ‘Knowing the signification changes nothing.