The Anti-Samuelson. Volume One - Macroeconomics: basic by Marc; Sensat, Julius Linder

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In trying to find the rational kernel of the elaborate discus­ sion on these topics by bourgeois econom ics, we will center on the "trio of basic problems o f economic organization" (17) which plays a central role in S 's introductory material. 2 W hat is not so obvious is w hat sort of theory can be constructed on this basis. Marx, too, was aware of the "basic econom ic p rob lem s," but he approached them from a different theoretical van- CENTRAL IDEOLOGICAL PROBLEMS t r n r ia U Original from UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN 25 tage point.

29), he seem s to be saying that causality runs in the oppo­ site direction, from a natural condition to a specific social structure. In another context S introduces the distinction betw een " n a tu r a l" and "c o n tr iv e d " scarcity (622-24). T h e latter, supposedly the result of m onopolistic behavior, would ap ­ pear to be an exam ple of social scarcity. Yet here, too, the so-called natural scarcity— the limited am ount of G od-given fe rtile Io w a fa rm la n d — b e c o m e s th e d ire c t so u rc e o f capitalist land rent.

This line o f reasoning is not w ithout som e validity, although not w hat S ascribes to it. His ar­ gum ent is exceedingly simple: from the circum stance that "every econom y must som ehow solve the three fundam en­ tal econom ic p ro b lem s" (38) he ju m p s to the conclusion that society "d o e s . . choose to end u p " som ew here in line with the various technological possibilities open to it (22). " The term "c h o ic e " w ould appear in ap p ro p riate even for th ose p recap italist societies characterized by som e form of aggregate planning (how ever unscientific) in light of the static nature of those m odes of production.

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